Miguel Zavala, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and teacher educator in the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. His research interests center on learning across boundaries, decolonizing and Freirean pedagogies, critical literacies, and their intersection in social movements. His most recent work involves working with teachers, youth, and parents using ethnic studies and participatory action research as resources for apprenticeship into community organizing. He is a secretary/treasurer of the Paulo Freire SIG of the American Educational Research Association, board member of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project (PFDP), and co-president of the California Chapter for the National Association for Multicultural Education (CA-NAME). His forthcoming book is entitled Raza Struggle and the Movement for Ethnic Studies (Peter Lang, 2018). He is co-editor with Christine Sleeter, Wayne Au, and Tolteka Cuauhtin of Rethinking Ethnic Studies (Rethinking Schools, 2018), a collection of teaching resources for Ethnic Studies educators.
K-12 TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Miguel Zavala worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District for six years, in some of the most neglected urban areas of Los Angeles. He taught English and Social Studies at the middle school level and English at high school level. For the past eight summers, Dr. Zavala has been teaching social science, writing, and ethnic studies in alternative programs that seek to empower urban and migrant high school students.