Areas of Expertise:
Latinos and education | bilingual education | achievement gap
Patricia Gándara is a research professor of education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and an expert on bilingual education and educational equity. Gándara, who is co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, centers her research on access for low-income and ethnic minority students, language policy and the education of youth of Mexican origin. Gándara writes and comments frequently on education for youth who speak English as a second language and the education gap among Latinos in particular. She is a former bilingual school psychologist and director of education research for the California Assembly.