Rebeca Burciaga, PhD

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Dr. Rebeca Burciaga is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Chicana and Chicano Studies. Her research is nested in the nepantla (borderlands) of Education and Chicana/o Studies and focuses on the schooling experiences of Chicanx and Latinx students, families, communities, educators, and leaders. Her current project focuses on culturally sustaining approaches to school leadership. Dr. Burciaga’s areas of expertise include qualitative methodologies (testimonio & ethnography), critical theories (critical race theory & Chicana feminist theory), and critical pedagogies. Her research has been supported by highly competitive funding including the Spencer Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.


  • Ph.D., Social Sciences and Comparative Education with an emphasis in Race and Ethnic Studies, UCLA
  • Ed.M., Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Latin American and Latina/o Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Recent Publications

  • Burciaga, R., & Kohli, R. (2018). Disrupting whitestream measures of teacher quality: The community cultural wealth of teachers of color. Multicultural Perspectives, 20:1, 5-12.
  • Delgado Bernal, D., Burciaga, R., & Flores Carmona, J. (2016). Chicana/Latina testimonios as pedagogical, methodological, and activist approaches to social justice. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Burciaga, R. (2015). Presuming incompetence from preschool to the professoriate: How leadership preparation programs perpetuate or prevent deficit thinking. Journal of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration, 26, 4-9.
  • López, G.R., & Burciaga, R. (2014). The troublesome legacy of Brown v. Board of Education. Educational Administration Quarterly, 50(5), 796–811. (UCEA William J. Davis Award).

Recent Presentations

  • Burciaga, R., Delgado Bernal, D., Elenes. C. E., Flores Carmona, J. (2019, May). Educación en Nepantla, Paths of Conocimiento. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Life and Work of Gloria Anzaldúa, Paris, France.
  • Burciaga, R. (2018, August). Educational pipeline to higher education: Implications for the field of education. Student Outreach and Opportunity Program (CALSOAP) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Evergreen Valley College, CA

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2015 William J. Davis Award, presented by the Editorial Board of the Educational Administration Quarterly for the most outstanding paper published in the journal during the preceding volume year: López, G.R., & Burciaga, R. (2014). The troublesome legacy of Brown v. Board of Education. Educational Administration Quarterly, 50(5), 796–811

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Chicana/o & Latina/o Education & Educación: Pre-schooling – Profession
  • Chicana & Latina Feminist Epistemologies & Pedagogies
  • Critical Race Theory (CRT) & Latina/o Critical Theory (LatCrit)
  • Educational Leadership with Latina/o Communities
  • Testimonio as Methodology & Pedagogy