Patricia Gándara
Published July 19, 2015
Updated April 15, 2021

Patricia Gándara is a research professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Her research interests include the impact of migration on Mexican origin students in the U.S. and those returning to Mexico, as well as pathways to educational attainment for Mexican students and U.S. students of Mexican origin. She specializes in language policy and English learners, as well as the impact of offering bachelor’s degrees at community colleges.

Expertise: Language policy, bilingual education, Latino education (especially education of Latinas), U.S.-Mexico education issues; higher education access and equity

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.

Email: and/or Laurie Russman, coordinator of the Civil Rights Project,

Phone: (310) 267-4875

Heard at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education: Gándara Giving The Keynote Speech “Education, Opportunity, and Social Justice: California’s Challenges and its Future” While Receiving LMU’s Educator Of The Year Award

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