Affiliated Faculty

Kris D. Gutiérrez

Carol Liu Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education

Chicanx Latinx Studies

critical learning sciences and literacy, educational policy, qualitative and design-based community participatory inquiry, translingual and immigrant youth and communities

Graduate School of Education

Kris D. Gutiérrez

Bio & Interest

Kris D. Gutiérrez is an expert in the learning sciences, literacy, educational policy, and qualitative and design-based approaches to inquiry. She’s an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Education and the International Society of the Learning Sciences, and past president of the American Educational Research Association. She’s held a presidential appointment from President Obama to the National Board for the Institute of Education Sciences, where she served as Vice Chair. Gutiérrez’s research employs a critical approach to the Learning Sciences and to Cultural Historical Activity Theory, examining the cultural dimensions of learning in designed learning environments, with attention to students and families from non-dominant and translingual communities. 

Dr. Gutiérrez has collaborated with immigrant and migrant communities. Including:

  • Las Redes, a 15-year long after-school afterschool program that privileged translingual language practices as normative for youth, grades K-5 
  • El Pueblo Mágico, a STEM-oriented after-school program 
  • The UCLA Migrant Student Leadership Program for California youth from migrant farmworker backgrounds 
  • Co-author of Learning and Expanding with Activity Theory 

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