Frances Free Ramos is from Yauco, a small country town in Puerto Rico known for its coffee, lush green mountains, and red-orange clay earth. She has lived in the Bay Area since first moving to Berkeley for undergraduate studies.
After obtaining a teaching credential and Master's in Teaching from USF, Frances worked for more than 10 years as a high school teacher and college counselor in Oakland. In 2014, she started her PhD program in the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, where she studies community organizing and social movements toward educational justice and transformation.
Her scholarship examines community and teacher organizing against neoliberalism and market reforms in Oakland, particularly the move to close schools and privatize public education. She does this through a critical, intersectional, and transdiciplinary framework that is attentive to the long history of Black, Indigenous, and Brown struggles for educational justice and liberation, and the contradictions inherent in public schools as part of a settler colonial state in which genocide, violence, white supremacy, and heteropatriarchy are the rule, not the exceptions. Ultimately, she seeks to understand what decolonizing and abolitionist movements require in the current moment to attain radical social transformations and how she will contribute to these efforts as a mother, organizer, and engaged scholar.
Frances has three children who currently attend Oakland public schools, and enjoys relaxing at the beach; walking amongst redwoods; traveling with her family; and spending quality time with her friends and chosen family.