Marta Sanchez

Dr. Marta Sánchez

Associate Professor

Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Watson College of Education, Room 344



I am an educational anthropologist and Associate Professor at the Donald R. Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I am also a faculty affiliate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. I teach social foundations of education to preservice educators and conduct research on education reform in México and on the experiences of Latino/a children, their families and teachers in the New Latino South. I have authored and co-authored manuscripts on bilingualism and cognition in young children, human rights challenges in transnational spaces, qualitative research methodological approaches, Mexican immigrant fathering, and Latina mothers’ experiences in their children’s schools in the geographies of the U.S. southeast.

I have co-authored two Institute of Education Sciences proposals that were funded and am the co-Principal Investigator on an IES Pathways to Research training grant to prepare undergraduate students from underrepresented groups for careers in the education research sciences (IES R305B160015) and a co-Principal Investigator on an IES Goal 3 to test the efficacy of a professional development on communication and collaboration skills among classroom and ESL teachers (R305A170182). I was the managing editor of The Urban Review and am an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership and the Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction, where I also served on the editorial board. I am the author of the 2017 book, Fathering Beyond the Failures of the State with Imagination, Work and Love: The Case of the Mexican Father. My goals as a researcher and scholar are 1) to learn from those who came before me, 2) to reach back to support the learning of the upcoming generation, and 3) to ask better questions to help find solutions to the challenges our country faces in the education of historically marginalized students.


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