Patricia Baquedano-López 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 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 (now 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 of the 2023 Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G, Social Contexts of Education.
Professor Baquedano-López has collaborated with researchers in France, Mexico, 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 Language, Theory 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 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 new journal Language, Culture, and Society (John Benjamins).
Indigenous Latinx Students, Critical Research Methodologies, Discourse Analysis, Parent Engagement in Schools, community-engaged research