Patricia Baquedano-López

Patricia Baquedano-López is Professor of Education and her work examines the intersection of language and race in education. A scholar with a long-standing interest in the education of minoritized students in schools, a strand of her research focuses on Indigenous Latinx students and examines processes and practices of settler colonialism in education. Her most recent projects address the dynamics of transnational Indigenous sovereignty, return migration, and education in the Maya diaspora Yucatan-California. Professor Baquedano-López is formally affiliated faculty in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Linguistics. She is co-founding and core faculty member of the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. She was Chair of the Center for Latino Policy Research (prior to its transition to the Latinx Research Center) from 2007-2009 and from 2014-2017. She is the recipient of the 2021 Charles A. Ferguson award for Outstanding Scholarship from the Center for Applied Linguistics and Stanford University. In 2023 she received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G, Social Contexts of Education. From 2021-2022 she was a faculty mentor for the Underrepresented Scholars Mentorship Program, University of California Humanities Research Institute. From 2017-2022 she was a faculty mentor in the William T. Grant Scholars Program. Professor Baquedano-López was the inaugural recipient of the Graduate Assembly's Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award  at UC Berkeley (2005).

Professor Baquedano-López has collaborated with researchers in Mexico, France, and Sweden on issues of language, migration, and education. Her research projects have been funded by grants from the Spencer Foundation, UC MEXUS-CONACyT, the National Science Foundation, the France-Berkeley Fund, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of the Sociology of LanguageTheory into Practice, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education journal, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Annual Review of Anthropology, Bilingual Research Journal, Estudios Fronterizos, Journal of Mind, Culture, and Activity, Linguistics and Education, Review of Research in Education, and Text and Talk among others, and in a variety of edited volumes. She is co-author of An Introduction to Language and Social Justice: What Is, What Has Been, and What Could Be (2024), On Becoming Bilingual: Children's Experiences Across Homes, Schools, and Communities (2023) and co-editor of U.S. Latinos and Education Policy: Research-Based Directions for Change (2014). She is co-founding editor of the journal Language, Culture, and Society (John Benjamins).


 Indigenous Latinx Students in Schools, Critical Research Methodologies, Discourse Analysis, Parent Engagement in Schools, Community-engaged Research 


Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender
Language, Literacy, and Culture
Social Research Methodologies


Critical Social and Cultural Theories
Globalization, Immigration, and Migration 
Language and Literacy 
Qualitative Research Methods 
Race and Social Inequality in Urban Education


PhD, UCLA, Applied Linguistics

MTESL, Master of Teaching English as a Second Language, Arizona State University

BA (summa cum laude), Inter American University of Puerto Rico, English, Emphasis in Secondary Education

Personal Webpage

L-SIDER webpage (Laboratory for the Study of Interaction and Discourse In Educational Research)


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School of Education
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