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Laura Chávez-Moreno

Assistant Professor
Department: César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
315 Portola Plaza
7369 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Keywords: Education, Racism

Dr. Chávez-Moreno researches, writes, and teaches about Chicanx/Latinx education. Her scholarship examines how schooling teaches about race and makes Latinidad. She connects these theorizations with questions about educational equity, particularly in the areas of teaching, literacy, language, and racialization. Her work critiques systems of oppression in schooling and works toward using education for self-determination.

Dr. Chávez-Moreno is a 2022 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, one of the most prestigious early-career research awards for education researchers. Her research has also been recognized with awards from American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G Social Contexts in Education; AERA Latinx Research Issues Special Interest Group (SIG); AERA Bilingual Education Research SIG; American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; and National Association of Bilingual Education.

Dr. Chávez-Moreno was a fellow of the 2020–2022 cohort of NCTE Research Foundation’s Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color. Prior to joining the UCLA CCAS faculty, she was a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCLA’s School of Education & Information Studies. She served as a teacher in the Philadelphia Public School District for five years, wrote district curriculum, and served on boards of community organizations. She has taught in all schooling levels, including elementary, secondary, tertiary, and older-adult education. Her undergraduate and graduate course topics include critical race studies in education, literacy, language, and bilingual education. Among her many service activities, she has mentored undergraduate and graduate students through several organizations, including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Dr. Chávez-Moreno grew up in Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, México.