Burciaga, Rebeca

Burciaga, Rebeca

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

& the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies



Ph.D. - University of California, Los Angeles

Education: Social Science and Comparative Education, Race and Ethnic Studies Specialization


Ed.M. - Harvard Graduate School of Education

Education: Administration, Planning, and Social Policy

       Higher Education Emphasis


B.A. - University of California, Santa Cruz

Latin American/Latino Studies



Dr. Burciaga is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education and in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies in the College of Social Sciences. Dr. Burciaga's research centers on understanding and challenging educational practices and structures that (re)produce social inequalities for historically marginalized communities, specifically with respect to Latina/o communities. Her research in schools and communities spans over 20 years and includes mixed-methods research on pathways from preschool to the professoriate, the experiences of students who leave high school before graduation, and the ways in which geographic regions structure inequalities. She specializes in the study of qualitative research methodologies including testimonio and ethnography. Dr. Burciaga has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is the co-founder and former co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice. Dr. Burciaga's research has been supported and recognized by the Spencer Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the American Association of University Women. Her most recent scholarship can be found in Educational Administration Quarterly, Equity & Excellence in EducationRace, Ethnicity and Education, Multicultural Perspectives, and the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.