Marcos Pizarro

Pizarro, Marcos

Professor & Chair, Mexican American Studies
Faculty-in-Residence, Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Taskforce




Preferred: (408) 924-5584

Office Hours

Mondays 3-5pm & Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am at CL 231 [email in advance for a set time, if possible, so you don't have to wait]


  • PhD, Education, UCLA, 1993
  • BA, Urban Studies: Urban Education, Stanford University, 1989


Marcos Pizarro began teaching in Mexican American Studies at San José State University in 1999. He received his B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from UCLA's Graduate School of Education. A former school teacher, Pizarro works with Chicanx and Latinx students at various stages in their schooling and tries to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies that might aid them in their efforts to succeed in school and create social and racial justice in their communities.

In 2005, he published a book on his research with Chicanx youth in East Los Angeles and the Yakima Valley of Washington State. The book, "Chicanas and Chicanos in School," explores the relationship between the identities of Chicanx students and their academic performance with a focus on lessons that will aid those interested in enhancing the educational performance of these youth (see below for a link to the book). Currently, he coordinates MAESTR@S, a social justice organization developing and implementing a transformative education model with Latinx communities. He also works with schools on the development and implementation of Latinx Studies curricula to enhance Latinx student engagement, having recently completed a year-long project that involved teaching in a local high school. Pizarro is the co-coordinator of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a project that provides an annual training for teachers invested in transformative practice for racial justice.  Finally, he is the Faculty-in-Residence for Chicanx-Latinx Student Success at SJSU and the co-coordinator of Adelante, a multi-faceted project that offers support to students and the university to enhance Latinx student engagement and academic success.

Information on MAS, Adelante, MAESTR@S and the Institute can be found using the links at the top of this page.