Critical Studies of Race, Class, & Gender

Arlyn Moreno Luna

Arlyn Moreno Luna is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender program at UC Berkeley’s School of Education. Her scholarly interests include access and equity in higher education for first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students; students’ higher education pathways; students’ experiences when transferring from community college to four-year institutions; and bachelor's degree attainment for students who begin post-secondary education at a community college.

Arlyn was born and raised in Mexico, migrating to the U.S. as a...

Tesha Sengupta-Irving (She/Hers)

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences & STEM Education Affiliate Associate Professor, UCB Center for Race & Gender

Research

Dr. Sengupta-Irving’s research explores the sociocultural, disciplinary, and political dimensions of children’s mathematics learning. Broadly, her work asks a deceptively simple question: What, in addition to mathematics, do children learn when they learn mathematics? Dr. Sengupta-Irving works closely with teachers to understand and design pedagogical approaches that promote...

Travis J. Bristol (he/him/his)

Travis J. Bristol is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Education. Before joining Berkeley's faculty, he was a Peter Paul Assistant Professor at Boston University. Dr. Bristol's research is situated at the intersection of educational policy and teacher education. Using qualitative methods, he explores three related research strands: (1) the role of educational policies in shaping teacher workplace experiences and retention; (2) district and school-based professional learning communities; (3) the...

Danièle Fogel

Danièle Fogel is doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the School of Education at UC Berkeley. She works to develop rigorous, interdisciplinary, and critical professional development for teachers on issues of racial and social justice; she does this work in conjunction with the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley.

Danièle's dissertation studies this work, as she examines the conditions necessary for teachers to disrupt patterns of social formation and advance social change. She is researching a particular...

Pa Vue

Pa Vue is a PhD student in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the School of Education at UC Berkeley. She is also in the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Her research interests are in Hmong language resilience, reclamation, and revitalization. She is exploring the use of digital technology, including social networking sites, for language learning and teaching. Follow her Hmong language page on Instagram at @hmonglanguagemovement.

Pa was born in Thailand and came to the United States in 1990. The oldest of seven children...

Megan Frogley

Megan Frogley is a master’s student in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education (aligned with Critical Studies in Race and Gender) within the School of Education. She received her BA in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity from the University of Durham in England in 2015, in addition to writing the graduate Dissertation of the Year and receiving the Durham Award for commitment to her university and local community engagement. Training through Teach First’s Leadership Development Program, she practiced as a high school English teacher in East London from 2015-2021 and the school’s...

Julia Zhu

Julia Zhu is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender program at UC Berkeley’s School of Education. Her work explores the ways that college students in China perceive social class and meritocracy, and how social economic and educational changes have shaped their perceptions of social inequality and inequity.

Julia was born and raised in China. Prior to studying at Berkeley, she has obtained BA in Early Childhood Education and MA in Sociology of Education at Beijing Normal University. And she has studied at Hong Kong Education University and University...

Joy Esboldt

Joy Esboldt is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Education. Her research focuses on teachers’ learning about race, racism, and anti-racism as it intersects with gender and cultural politics. Joy’s work strives to engage a multilevel intersectional analysis, locating the work of teachers and conceptualizations of racial justice within interactional, organizational, and sociopolitical dynamics. Joy’s dissertation examines the co-construction and operationalization of racial discourses across...

David Maldonado

David is a formerly incarcerated PhD candidate in the School of Education. He grew up in Berkeley and Oakland and is interested in refusing/unsettling/troubling the logics of the university and the Carceral State from an abolitionist autonomous sensibility.

Specializations and Interests

Carcerality and the University

Catherine Park

In a radically interconnected world, Catherine’s research focuses on how ethical, sociocultural, educational desires have turned toward the global. More specifically, she situates her current research project in rapidly urbanizing spaces in China, where urban development and the growth of global/international schools have gone hand in hand. She looks specifically to the cultural politics and meaning-making processes of students, parents, teachers, and administrators within such globalizing spaces where there are city and state-wide efforts to “go global.”

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