Luis Poza, PhD (he/him)
Associate 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
- Poza, L.E. (2021). Adding flesh to the bones: Dignity frames for English Learner education.
Harvard Educational Review. 91(4). 482-510.
- Poza, L.E., García, O., & Jiménez-Castellanos, Ó. (2021). After Castañeda: A glotopolítica
perspective and educational dignity paradigm to educate racialized bilinguals. Language
Policy, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10993-021-09606-z
- Poza, L.E. & Stites, A. (2021). "They are going to forget about us": Translanguaging
and student agency in a gentrifying neighborhood. In M.T. Sánchez & O. García (Eds).
Transformative Translanguaging Espacios in Bilingual Education - US Latinx Bilingual
Children Rompiendo Fronteras. (71-91). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters
- Umansky, I. M., Poza, L.E., & Flores Gutierrez, M. (2021). “A sentencing”: Veteran
educators’ perceptions of a constriction of English learner students’ opportunities
across grade spans. International Multilingual Research Journal, 15(3), 267-291
- 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. 27(4). 325-347. DOI: 10.1080/10749039.2020.1779304
- Zandiatashbar, A., Poza, L.E., Visintainer, T., & Muñoz-Muñoz, E., (2021). Broadband access and constituent experiences under COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders: California Assembly District 30.
- 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.E. (2021, Apr 8-12). “Downplay that Spanish side”: The White Listening Subject
in an ethnically homogenous bilingual program cohort. AERA Annual Meeting. Online.
- Poza, L.E.; García, O.; & Jiménez-Castellanos; (2021, Apr 28). After Castañeda: A
glotopolítica perspective and educational dignity paradigm to educate racialized bilinguals.
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Annual Meeting. Online
- Poza, L.E., Machado, E., Wright, W., & Palmer, D. (panelists) (2021, Jan 22). Reconceptualizing
the role of critical dialogue in American classrooms: Promoting equity through dialogic
education. Webinar presented by Second Language Research and Language and Social Processes
SIGs of AERA. A. Kibler, G. Valdés, & A. Walqui (facilitators). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSstHFerf5U
- Poza, L.E. (2020, Apr 17 - 21). Dignity frames for Latinx English Learner civil rights
protections. AERA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA http://tinyurl.com/ruzydr2 (Conference
- Poza, L.E. (2020, Mar. 27-31). Dignity frames for English Learner Civil Rights protections. AAAL Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (Conference Canceled)
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
Noteworthy Grants and Awards
- Poza, L.E. (2021) To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights
in the United States. American Council of Learned Societies Developmental Grant. $5,000
- Poza, L.E. & Boyce, T. (2021). Enhancing Ethnic Studies Education and Teacher Diversity
Pipelines. Connie L. Lurie College of Education Strategic Plan Seed Grant. $14,800.
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017-2018
Outstanding Dissertation Award, Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group, AERA, 2015
- "Freedom Dreaming: Ethnic Studies Teaching in the Secondary Grades" - Summer 2021 SJSU Lurie College of Education K-12 Teaching Academy
- "To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States" - Fall 2020 Lurie College of Education Faculty Symposium
- 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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