Gema Cardona, Ph.D.

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Dr. Gema Cardona will not be teaching for the Fall 2024 semester.

About Dr. Gema Cardona

Gema Cardona, a researcher, mother, scholar, educator, and feminist of color, holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Cardona self-identifies as a first-generation college student from a low-income immigrant family from Guanajuato, Mexico. Her research is situated at the intersection of community engagement, critical race theory (CRT), critical pedagogy, and critical methodologies. As a researcher, she employs testimonio and plática methodologies in experiential knowledge and critical healing practices. As an educator, she practices Freirean principles of emancipatory and liberatory education to empower college students to be critical thinkers and bridge theory with practice. 

Areas of Interest

  • Human Rights
  • Critical Methodologies
  • Theories of Violence
  • Community Engagement 

Recent Publications:

Cardona, G. (2022). “Womxn of Color’s Community Engagement in College: The Role of Family in Defining and Sustaining Community-Engaged Service.” In E. Nemeth & A. Patterson (Eds.), Pursuit of liberation: Critical service-learning as capacity building for historicized, humanizing, and embodied action. Information Age Publishing.