Critical Studies of Race, Class, & Gender

Travis J. Bristol (he/him/his)

Travis J. Bristol is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Before joining Berkeley's faculty, he was a Peter Paul Assistant Professor at Boston University. Dr. Bristol's research is situated at the intersection of educational policy and teacher education. Using qualitative methods, he explores three related research strands: (1) the role of educational policies in shaping teacher workplace experiences and retention; (2) district and school-based professional learning communities...

David Maldonado

David is a formerly incarcerated PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education. He grew up in Berkeley and Oakland and is interested in refusing/unsettling/troubling the logics of the university and the Carceral State from an abolitionist autonomous sensibility.

Specializations and Interests

Carcerality and the University

Catherine Park

In a radically interconnected world, Catherine’s research focuses on how ethical, sociocultural, educational desires have turned toward the global. More specifically, she situates her current research project in rapidly urbanizing spaces in China, where urban development and the growth of global/international schools have gone hand in hand. She looks specifically to the cultural politics and meaning-making processes of students, parents, teachers, and administrators within such globalizing spaces where there are city and state-wide efforts to “go global.”


Tesha Sengupta-Irving (She/Hers)

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences & STEM Education Affiliate Associate Professor, UCB Center for Race & Gender


Dr. Sengupta-Irving’s research explores the sociocultural, disciplinary, and political dimensions of children’s mathematics learning. Broadly, her work asks a deceptively simple question: What, in addition to mathematics, do children learn when they learn mathematics? Dr. Sengupta-Irving works closely with teachers to understand and design pedagogical approaches that promote...

C. Darius Gordon

C. Darius Gordon is a 4th year PhD candidate. Broadly, they study 20th century intellectual and social histories of the Black Atlantic. Drawing insights from Black educational philosophy and activism, they make the case for understanding Black educational thought in/as a series of transnational relationships, migrations, and circulations.

Specializations and Interests

Critical Theories of Race, 20th Century Intellectual and Social History, Black Geographies, Black Feminisms, Social Movements

Danièle Fogel

Danièle Fogel is doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. She works to develop rigorous, interdisciplinary, and critical professional development for teachers on issues of racial and social justice; she does this work in conjunction with the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley.

Danièle's dissertation studies this work, as she examines the conditions necessary for teachers to disrupt patterns of social formation and advance social change. She is researching a...

Pa Vue

Pa Vue is a PhD student in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. She was born in Thailand and came to the U.S. in 1990. The oldest of seven children, she became the first person in her family to earn a college degree.

Her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics is from California State University, Chico. After completing a Master of Arts in Education at UC Santa Barbara, Pa started working for the Upward Bound program, where she advised first-generation, low-income high school students for six years, preparing...

Joy Esboldt

Joy Esboldt is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on teachers’ learning about race, racism, and anti-racism as it intersects with gender and cultural politics. Joy’s work strives to engage a multilevel intersectional analysis, locating the work of teachers and conceptualizations of racial justice within interactional, organizational, and sociopolitical dynamics. Joy’s dissertation examines the co-construction and operationalization of racial discourses...

Caleb Dawson

Son of a Black father and Ethiopian American mother, Caleb E. Dawson resides on and recognizes the unceded land of the Ohlone people, also known as the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Caleb is a playful community organizer who loves to dance and indulge in food that tastes too good to be vegan. He studies the cultural politics of institutional change and the political economy of inclusion in higher education.

A PhD Candidate in Education, Caleb has drawn on sociology and a range of interdisciplines like Black Studies and Women and Gender Studies to engage in...

Arlyn Moreno Luna

Arlyn Moreno Luna is a doctoral student in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Her scholarly interests include access and equity in higher education for first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students; students’ higher education pathways; students’ experiences when transferring from community college to four-year institutions; and bachelor's degree attainment for students who begin post-secondary education at a community college.

Arlyn was born and raised in Mexico, migrating to the U....