Luis Poza, PhD (he/him)

Luis Poza

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

Recent Publications

  • 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.

  • 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

Recent Presentations

  • 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).

  • Poza, L.E. (2020, Apr 17 - 21). Dignity frames for Latinx English Learner civil rights protections. AERA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled) 

  • 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

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Bilingual education
  • Civil rights
  • English Learners
  • Education policy
  • Language ideologies
  • Language policy
  • Translanguaging

Recommended Reading

Personality Playlist

Listen to Luis' playlist below and access all of the personality playlists on our Lurie College of Education Spotify account