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Christian Bracho

Christian Bracho

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Dr. Christian Alejandro Bracho is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education in the LaFetra College of Education at the University of La Verne. His research explores teacher identity, teacher movements, LGBT communities, and nonviolence education. Some of his work has been published in Politics & Policy, Education Studies, Journal of Homosexuality, Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, and FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education. 

Along with Dr. Danita Dodson, he is co-editor of Teachers Teaching Nonviolence, an anthology of essays by K-12 teachers all over the United States integrating nonviolence into their classrooms and schools. The book, published by DIO Press, emerged through his work with Dr. Tara Sethia, Director of the Ahimsa Center for Nonviolence at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Bracho has also contributed articles on nationalism to the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of RaceEthnicity and Nationality and Oxford Bibliographies Online, and will have a chapter on queer theory in the forthcoming Bloomsbury Handbook of Theory in Comparative and International Education.

A former high school English teacher, Dr. Bracho  has worked as a teacher trainer, education consultant, and professional development facilitator in the United States, Europe, and Africa, primarily through his association with the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE). He is an active member of the American Education Research Association and the Comparative and International Education Society. Dr. Bracho received fellowships from the Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Transformative Teacher Education program, and is a Faculty Fellow of the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., International Education, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. 2016
    • Dissertation- “Mobilized Maestros: Teacher Activists in Oaxaca, Mexico.” Chair: Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University
  • M.S., Teaching and Curriculum. University of Rochester, Margaret S. Warner School of Education and Human Development, Rochester, NY. 2000
  • B.A. (cum laude), English (with Honors) and Comparative Literature. University of Rochester, College of Arts & Science. 1999

Publications

  • Bracho, C. (forthcoming). “Recovering Uplift: Caring for Teacher Candidates in COVID-19.” Issues in Teacher Education.
  • Bracho, C., and Dodson, D. (eds.) (2020) Teachers Teaching Nonviolence. DIO Press.
  • Bracho, C. (2019) “Trained to Resist: Teachers as Activists in Oaxaca, Mexico.” Forum for International Research in Education (special issue).
  • Bracho, C. (2019). “Protecting the Local to Resist the Universal: Oaxacan Teachers Battle Global Education Reforms.” Politics and Policy, 47(1), 152-177.
  • Cisneros, J. and Bracho, C. (2019) “Undocuqueer Stress: How ‘safe’ are safe spaces, and for whom?” Journal of Homosexuality. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1607684
  • Cisneros, J. and Bracho, C. (2018). “Coming out of the Shadows and Closet: Visibility Schemas Among Undocuqueer Immigrants.” Journal of Homosexuality, 66(6), 715-734.
  • Quan, T., Bracho, C., Wilkerson, M., & Clark, M. “Empowerment and transformation: Integrating teacher identity, activism, and criticality across three teacher education programs.” Submitted to Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies (special issue), July 2019
  • Smith, C. and Bracho, C. (2018). “Friendly Resistance: Narratives from a Preservice Teacher of Color Navigating Diversity Courses.” Educational Studies, 55(2), 139-159.

Awards / Honors

  • Faculty Fellow, American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), 2019-2020
  • Institute Fellow, Ahimsa Center for Nonviolence, Cal Poly Pomona, 2019
  • Transformative Teacher Education Fellow, Transformative Teacher Education Fellowship, Arcadia University, 2018
  • ELEVATE Fellow,  Center for Minority Serving Institutions, University of Pennsylvania, 2018
  • Selected Participant- Division K New Scholar Pre-Conference Seminar, AERA Conference, Washington, D.C. 2018
  •  Fellow, James Lawson Institute on Nonviolence, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

Additional Information

Recent Presentations

  • Bracho, C. and Cisneros, J. (2019, Oct.) “Undocuqueer Stress: How ‘safe’ are safe spaces, and for whom?” Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship, Portland, OR.
  • Bracho, C., Crawford-Garrett, K., Hayes, N. (2019, May) Justice-Oriented Approaches to Teacher Education. Workshop at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Ethnic Studies Summit.
  • Bracho, C. and Cisneros, J. (2019, April) Coming out of the Shadows and the Closet: Visibility Schemas Among Undocuqueer Immigrants. Roundtable Session at American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Bracho, C. (2019, April) Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing: Narratives of Teacher Educators Transforming Practices for Social Justice. Symposium at American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Bracho, C. and Hayes, C. (2019, April) CRiT Walkers in Classrooms: Latino Teachers Giving Kids the Education They Deserve. Roundtable Session at American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Bracho, C. and Hayes C. (2019, April) Where is the Intersectionality? Narratives of Black and Brown Teachers. Roundtable Session at American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Bracho, C. (2019, April) Critical Educators for Social Justice Early Career Workshop. Facilitated at American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.  
  • Bracho, C., Wood, A., and Távarez, A. (2018, Nov.) Empowering our Educators: Active Learning Strategies in the Study Abroad Classroom. Presented at Council of International Educational Exchange, Barcelona.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, Oct.) The Change is in Me: America’s Teachers Teaching Nonviolence. Ahimsa Center for Nonviolence, Cal Poly Pomona, CA.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, April) Being the Change: Teachers as Peace Educators. Presented at American Educational Research Association, New York City.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, April) Educators-Allies: Offering Advocacy and Hope for Marginalized Students. Invited Speaker Session at American Educational Research Association, New York City.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, April) Latino Male Teachers: Providing Dreams and Possibilities in Urban School Spaces. Roundtable at American Educational Research Association, New York City.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, April) Politics or Pedagogy? Competing Professional Roles for Teachers. Roundtable at American Educational Research Association, New York City.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, April) Being the Change: Teachers Teaching Nonviolence. Presented at American Educational Research Association, New York City.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, Feb.). Movimientos magisteriales en Oaxaca. Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico.
  • Smith Kondo, C. and Bracho, C. (2017, Sept.) Friendly Resistance: Narratives from Preservice Teachers of Color Navigating Diversity Courses. Presented at American Educational Research Association, New York City.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, March) Contemporary Issues in Mexican Education. (Chair) Presented at Comparative and International Education Society, Mexico City.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, March) A Conversation with Leaders from the Mexican Teachers’ Movement. (Co-Chair). Pre-Conference Workshop presented at Comparative and International Education Society, Mexico City.
  • Bracho, C. (2018, March) Politics or Pedagogy? Role Conflicts in Oaxaca’s Teacher Union. Panel Cluster on Social Movements, Unions, and Youth Resistance: Teachers Movements, Union Organizing, and Struggles Against Market Oriented Education Policies. Presented at Comparative and International Education Society, Mexico City.