Rebeca Burciaga, PhD
Professor, Educational Leadership
Faculty Executive Director, Institute for Emancipatory Education
Dr. Rebeca Burciaga is the Faculty Executive Director of the Institute for Emancipatory Education and a 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
- Covarrubias, A., Lara, A., Nava, P., Burciaga, R. (2022). Critical Race Quantitative
Intersectionality: A Toiling Movement-Building Paradigm that Refuses to “Let the Numbers
Speak for Themselves.” In M. Lynn, A.D. Dixson (Eds.), Handbook of Critical Race Theory
- Burciaga, R. & Tavares, A. (2021). Coraje y Amor: Bilingual Bicoastal Leadership from
Preschool to the Professoriate. In M. A. Martinez, & S. Méndez – Morse (Eds.), Latinas
Leading Schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
- Burciaga, R., & Lattimer, H. (2020, Fall). Innovative programs: Emancipatory school
leadership: San Jose State University educational leadership MA program. UCEA Review,
- Covarrubias, A., Nava, P., Lara, A., Burciaga, R., & Solorzano, D.G. (2018). Expanding
educational pipelines: Critical race quantitative intersectionality as a transactional
methodology. In J. DeCuir-Gunby, T. Chapman, & P.A. Schultz (Eds.), Understanding
critical race research
- Methods and Methodologies: Lessons from the field. New York: Routledge. 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.
- Burciaga, R. (2021, October). Testimonio in research. Invited lecture in Dr. Ella
María Díaz’s class at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
- Burciaga, R. (2021, April). Testimonio as Methodology and Epistemology. Invited lecture
in Dr. G. Reyes’s EdD class at CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA.
- Burciaga, R. (2021, March). Emancipatory School Leadership: La Educación Nace En La
Cuna. Invited lecture for the Center for Educational Leadership at Trinity University,
San Antonio, TX.
- Burciaga, R. (2021, March). Invited Panelist, Preparing School Leaders: Prioritizing
Justice and Equity. California State University. CSU School Leadership Programs, Webinar
Sponsored by the California State University’s Office of the Chancellor, Long Beach,
- Burciaga, R., Martinez, M., Mendez-Morse, S., Bagula, F., Tavares, A., & Medina, J. (2021, March). Latinas Leading Schools. The Emancipatory Education Speaker Series, San José State University, Connie L. Lurie College of Education, San José, CA.
Noteworthy Grants and Awards
- 2020 | Faculty Research Fellow, Latinx Education Research Center, Santa Clara University
- 2020 | Innovative Program Selection: Emancipatory School Leadership Program, University, Council of Education Administration (UCEA)
- 2019 - 2020 | Faculty Fellow, Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center
- 2018 - Present | San José State University, Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Award
- 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
- Dr. Rebeca Burciaga collaborated with Dr. Fabiola Bagula, Dr. Melissa Martinez, Dr. Sylvia Méndez-Morse, and Ana Tavares on the Latinas Leading Schools panel as part of our Spring 2021 Emancipatory Education Speaker Series.
- Dr. Rebeca Burciaga presented "Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy" at the Fall 2020 Lurie College Faculty Research Symposium. Watch the full recording above - Dr. Burciaga begins speaking at 31:12.
- Burciaga, R. (Host). (2020, June 12). Mujer Divina/The Divine Feminine: How To Reclaim
Your Power as A Mujer (womxn) Within the Latinx Community [Spartan Sabiduría Podcast].
- Burciaga, R. (Host). (2020, March 12). Becoming Mujeres [Spartan Sabiduría Podcast].
- Burciaga, R. (Host). (2020, February 20). Introduction to Centro [Spartan Sabiduría Podcast]. Retrieved from sjsu.edu/chicanxlatinxssc/resources/podcast
Areas of Research Interest
- Ethnic studies
- Qualitative Research
Listen to Rebeca's playlist below and access all of the personality playlists on our Lurie College of Education Spotify account