Angela Valenzuela

Angela Valenzuela, as Associate Vice President for School Partnerships, serves as director of the Texas Center for Education Policy (TCEP). TCEP is a university-wide research and policy center that advances equity and excellence in public elementary, secondary and higher education, as well as connecting the university's intellectual resources to educational issues facing the state. She is also a professor in the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration in the College of Education. Her previous teaching positions were in sociology at Rice University in Houston (1990-98), as well as a visiting scholar at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston (1998-99). For 2007-08, she is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and she taught in the Law School this fall at the University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, where she conducted research in the areas of globalization, immigration, and binational relations.

Dr. Valenzuela also currently directs the National Latino/a Education Research and Policy (NLERAP) project.  NLERAP’s specific goal is to establish a community-based, university-connected teacher educator pipeline for Latina and Latino high school youth in six sites throughout the country.  With support from a fifteen-month, $300,000.00 grant from the Ford Foundation to the University of Texas at Austin Texas Center for Education Policy, she spearheads the planning phase of these institutes and developing a research agenda that will have local-, state-, and national-level policy implications for addressing the vexed Latino/a education student and teacher pipeline with a focus on the kinds of programmatic elements, policies, and curriculum development, that needs to be in place for the effective preparation of teachers.

Her research and teaching interests are in the sociology of education, race and ethnicity in schools, urban education reform, educational policy and immigrant youth in schools. She is the author of Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring, winner of both the 2000 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award and the 2001 Critics' Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Dr. Valenzuela received her doctorate from Stanford University.

Dr. Valenzuela also maintains a blog called Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas. Her publications include Leaving Children Behind: How "Texas-style" Accountability Fails Latino Youth (editor) and Subtractive Schooling: U.S. - Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring.