Patricia Baquedano-López examines the intersection of language, race, and education. A strand of her research focuses on Indigenous Latinx students and examines processes and practices of settler colonialism in education. Her current project is funded by a grant from UC MEXUS-CONACyT (with Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, University of Colima) and centers on transnational displacements, processes of return migration, and education in the Maya diaspora Yucatan-California. The project brings together collaborators from the Mexican Migration Project and Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico. This project builds on Professor Baquedano-López's three-year ethnographic study funded by the Spencer Foundation examining the educational experiences of Indigenous Maya students and families in California schools. Prof. Baquedano-López is a co-founding editor of the new journal Language, Culture, and Society (John Benjamins).
Professor Baquedano-López has been an invited researcher at Université Nanterre Ouest-La Défense (Sociology Department), the Centre d'Analyse et d'Intervention Sociologiques (CADIS) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris, France. She was chair of the Center for Latino Policy Research in 2007-2009 and in 2014-2017. She is a co-founding faculty member of the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. She is affiliated faculty of the Chicana/o Latina/o Studies Program (Ethnic Studies), the Center for Race and Gender, the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI). Her research has also been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the France-Berkeley Fund, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. She was a UC President's postdoctoral fellow and a Spencer Foundation dissertation fellow. She is an inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate Assembly. Her work has appeared in the Review of Research in Education, Bilingual Research Journal, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Linguistics and Education, Text and Talk, the Annual Review of Anthropology, Theory into Practice, the Journal of Mind, Culture, and Activity, and in a variety of edited volumes. She is co-editor of U.S. Latinos and Education Policy: Research-Based Directions for Change.
Interest and Professional Affiliations
Indigenous Latinx Students, Critical Research Methods, Discourse Analysis, Parent Engagement in Schools