Laura A. Valdiviezo, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

B.A., Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, 1993
M.A., Clark University, 1996
Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, 2006

(413) 545-7043/545-0246

University of Massachusetts Amherst
W255 Furcolo
Amherst, MA 01003
Office Hours: By Appointment

Professional Interests: 

Dr. Valdiviezo’s interest is in re-conceptualizing and reforming schools as loci of change for social justice. Her work examines the role teachers play as political actors able to inform both policy and teacher education. She is also interested in the education of teachers as researchers using inquiry-based practice for the advancement of teaching theory and pedagogy.

As an ethnographer she has analyzed teachers’ interpretations of educational and language policy and their contributions to multicultural education and diversity in schools that host culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her research has taken place in international rural/urban contexts including Indigenous and Afro-Latin American communities and urban schools serving recent immigrant and refugee families in the United States.

Dr. Valdiviezo’s current research has been published in the International Journal for the Sociology of Language, the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Intercultural Education, Cultural Studies of Science Education, International Education Journal and Revista Iberoamericana de Educación among others. With colleague Sally Galman, she is (incoming, 2014) Editor-in-Chief of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. She also serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Multicultural Education, and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and the journal Race, Ethnicity and Education. Dr. Valdiviezo is a reviewer in several refereed journals of international reputation.