Luis Poza, PhD
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Luis Poza's research investigates how beliefs about language, language learning, race, and nation are embedded in educational practice and policy. He uses qualitative methods, principally ethnography and participant observation, to examine how these ideologies and their curricular and legal manifestations shape students’ experiences in schools. Dr. Poza also draws upon his research in his teaching to support teacher candidates learning how to best serve students from historically marginalized populations.
- Ph.D., Sociology of Education + Race, Inequality, and Language in Education, Stanford University
- M.A., Climate and Society, Columbia University
- Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential (BCLAD), San Jose State University
- B.A., Latin American Studies, Yale University
- Espinoza, M.E., Vossoughi, S., Rose, M., & Poza, L.E. (2020). Matters of Participation: Notes on the study of dignity and learning. Mind, Culture & Activity. DOI: 10.1080/10749039.2020.1779304
- Poza, L.E. & Shannon, S.M. (2020). “Where Language is Beside the Point: English Language Testing for Mexicano Students in the Southwestern U.S.” In P. DeCosta & M. Seyyed-Abdolhamid (Eds.) (46-67). Sociopolitics of English Language Testing. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
- Poza, L.E., (2019) “Where the true power resides”: Student translanguaging and supportive teacher dispositions, Bilingual Research Journal, 42(4), 408-431, DOI: 10.1080/15235882.2019.1682717
- Poza, L.E., (2019). “Los dos son mi idioma”: Translanguaging, Identity, and Social Relationships among Bilingual Youth, Journal of Language, Identity & Education, 18(2). 92-109. DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2018.1504682
Poza, L., & Viesca, K.M. (2018). Testing and ideology: policy debates about literacy assessments for Colorado’s bilingual students. Journal of education policy. (Online first). DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2018.1511831
Poza, L., (2018). “Los dos son mi idioma”: Translanguaging, Identity, and Social Relationships among Bilingual Youth, Journal of Language, Identity & Education, DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2018.1504682
Poza, L. (2018). The language of ciencia: Translanguaging and learning in a bilingual science classroom. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 21(1), 1-19.
Poza, L. (2019). Todos juntos/All together: A Role for Social Design Experiments in School Gentrification Research. Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Toronto, ON, CAN. Apr. 5,
Poza, L. (2019) Translanguaging: Definitions, implications, and further needs in burgeoning inquiry. Annual meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics. Atlanta, GA. Mar. 11, 2019
Poza, L. & Stites, A. (2019). Decolonizing the curriculum: Sociocritical literacies and 8th grade social studies. Colorado Association for Bilingual Education winter conference. Boulder, CO. Feb. 7, 2019
Poza, L., & Brooks, M.D., (2018). “Can I add something?”: Academic literacies and meaning making in the social sciences for pre-service teachers. Annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association. Indian Wells, CA. Nov. 28, 2018.
Noteworthy Grants and Awards
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017-2018
Outstanding Dissertation Award, Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group, AERA, 2015
- Twitter account | @luisepoza
Areas of Research Interest
- Bilingual education
- Civil rights
- English Learners
- Education policy
- Language ideologies
- Language policy
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Location of Culture by Homi K. Bhabha
- Genesis (Memory of Fire, Vol. 1) by Eduardo Galeano
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