Sandra Zuñiga-Ruiz

Sandra Zuñiga-Ruiz is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her education at Berkeley, she obtained a BS in Mathematics from CSU Monterey Bay and an MA in Mathematics from San Francisco State University. As a mathematics graduate student, she had the opportunity to teach developmental math courses and later had the privilege of teaching at her hometown community college, Hartnell College. At Berkeley, she has had the opportunity to work in the TRU-LS project and as a GSI for Cal Teach. Her research lies at the intersection of learning, mathematics and social justice. She is interested in understanding how prospective teachers of color make sense of race and justice with and of mathematics through the creation of a counterspace.

She is a mom to an amoroso (loving), wild, and brilliant 2-year-old boy. She loves chatting with her abuelitos who currently live in Mexico and her comadres who push her thinking on issues about community, culture and justice. She deeply believes that part of us moving forward in our research work begins with conociendo nuestras historias (knowing our histories). For Sandra, that means really digging into the stories of her antepasados, (madre, abuelit@s, and bisabuelit@s) and their commitment to a futuro mejor that they sought and that many immigrant communities seek when they leave their homeland. She takes this commitment and enseñanzas (teachings) with her as she navigates academia, her research, and teaching.

Specializations and Interests

Equity and Education; Mathematics Education; Gender and Race; Social and Racial Justice


M.A., Mathematics, San Francisco State University (2016)

B.A., Mathematics, CSU Monterey Bay (2014)