Patricia Gándara teaches and co-directs the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. She also chairs the Working Group on Education for the University of California-Mexico Initiative in which she is spearheading a number of California-Mexico education projects.
Her most current research includes the impact of migration on Mexican origin students in the US and those returning to Mexico, as well as pathways to educational attainment for Mexican and U.S. students of Mexican origin. She specializes in language policy and English learners as well as the impact of offering BA degrees at community colleges.
Gándara recently co-edited two journal issues: Language Policy (2012) and Teachers College Record (2013) that summarize research conducted in Arizona for the Horne v Flores Supreme Court case, which dealt with the rights of English Learners to an equitable education. The studies pointed out the inequities in Arizona’s policy of providing English drill in lieu of access to a standard curriculum as required by the Supreme Court in Lau v Nichols (1974). She is the author of many books including “Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies” with Megan Hopkins, and “The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy, and the U.S. Labor Market” with Rebecca Callahan.
In 2011, Gándara was appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and in 2015 received the Distinguished Career Award from the Scholars of Color.
Areas of Expertise: Language Policy, Bilingual Education, Latino Education (especially education of Latinas), US-Mexico Education Issues; Higher Education Access and Equity
Location: Los Angeles, CA; Mexico City, Mexico
Phone: (916) 425-1244
or contact Laurie Russman, coordinator of the Civil Rights Project
Heard at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education: Gándara Giving The Keynote Speech “Education, Opportunity, and Social Justice: California’s Challenges and its Future” While Receiving LMU’s Educator Of The Year Award