UCR’s Graduate School of Education Announces New Faculty

L to R: Dr. Cati V. de los Ríos, Dr. Leigh Patel, and Dr. Tara J. Yosso join GSOE.


UC Riverside’s Graduate School of Education is delighted to welcome three new faculty: Drs. Cati V. de los Ríos, Leigh Patel, and Tara J. Yosso. All three hold appointments in GSOE’s Education, Society, and Culture program.

Assistant Professor Cati V. de los Ríos officially joined GSOE in Winter 2016. A former high school teacher in Pomona Unified School District and Boston Public Schools, and teacher educator in New York City and Oakland, California, her research spans a number of phenomena, including Chicanx and Latinx adolescents’ critical and close readings of corridos, Chicanx and Latinx youth’s multimodal and translingual literacies, youth community organizing, and the civic literacy practices extant in secondary Ethnic Studies classrooms. Her teaching and scholarship are informed by ethnic studies frameworks and sociocultural and critical theories of language and literacy, and she has over a decade of community organizing for K-12 Ethnic Studies efforts nationwide. Dr. de los Ríos has been published in academic journals including Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Race and Social Problems. She is a former Cultivating New Voices (CNV) Fellow with NCTE, and in 2016, she was selected for dissertation fellowships from both the Ford Foundation and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. In 2017, she was awarded the Jean Anyon Award from AERA’s special interest group Grassroots Community and Youth Organizing for Education Reform.

Professor Leigh Patel is an interdisciplinary researcher, educator, and writer. With a background in sociology, she researches and teaches about education as a site of social reproduction and as a potential site for transformation. Her work addresses the narratives that facilitate societal structures, and she works extensively with societally marginalized youth and teacher activists. Dr. Patel is the author of four books, over 100 articles and essays, and has been featured in media outlets including The Atlantic, HuffPost live, and the Feminist Wire. Prior to working in academia, she was a journalist, a teacher, and a state-level policymaker. Across all of these experiences, her focus has been on the ways that education structures opportunities in society and the stories that are told about those opportunities. She is currently working on her forthcoming book, To Study is to Struggle: Higher Education and Settler Colonialism.

Professor Tara J. Yosso joins GSOE as a recruit from the UCR cluster hire focused on scholars working with the diverse U.S. populations who are part of what are identified by Américo Paredes as “Greater Mexico.” Her research and teaching apply the frameworks of critical race theory and critical media literacy to examine educational access and opportunity. She has authored numerous collaborative and interdisciplinary chapters and articles in publications such as the Harvard Educational Review, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities, and has been awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diversity and Excellence in University Teaching. Her article, “Whose Culture has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth,” has become the top cited article in Race Ethnicity and Education since its publication in 2005, with over 3,000 citations. The American Educational Studies Association recognized her book, Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicana/Chicano Educational Pipeline (Routledge) with a 2008 Critics’ Choice Book Award. Prior to joining GSOE, Dr. Yosso was a Professor in the School of Education and a faculty affiliate in Latina/o Studies at the University of Michigan, and held previous positions as assistant and associate professor with tenure in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her Ph.D. in urban schooling in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.