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Graduate School of Education at UCLA
Professor of Education

Patricia Gándara is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at UCLA where she is Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles and former Associate Director of the UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles.
She has been a Commissioner for Postsecondary Education for the state of California, Director of Education Research in the California legislature, a bilingual psychologist, and a social scientist with the RAND Corporation.  Professor Gándara’s research focuses on language policy, access to equitable education for underrepresented students, and the education of Latino youth.  She is the author of numerous articles and several books, including:
Gándara, P. & M. Hopkins (2010) (Eds.).  Forbidden Language. English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies.  New York:  Teachers College Press.
Gándara, P. & F. Contreras (2009). The Latino Education Crisis.  The Consequences of Failed Social Policies, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Gándara, P., & Gómez, M. Cecilia (2009). Language Policy in Education. in B. Schneider, G. Sykes, & D. Plank (Eds.) AERA Handbook on Educational Policy Research. Washington DC: AERA.
Gándara, P. & Rumberger, R. (2009.  Immigration, Language, and Education: How Does Language Policy Structure Opportunity? Teachers College Record.
Gándara, P. & Rumberger, R. (2008) Defining an Adequate Education for English Learners. Education Finance and Policy, 3, 130-148.


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