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Ask Professor Jean Aguilar-Valdez
Ask Professor Jean Aguilar-Valdez

Jean Rockford Aguilar-Valdez, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. She is the daughter of immigrants from Cuba and Panama, and was born and raised in Miami, FL. She received her BS in physics and chemistry at the College of Charleston, a master’s in physics at Wake Forest University, and her PhD in science education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has spent several years as a scientist in biophysics and physical chemistry, and as a middle school science teacher to predominantly Latin@ students in a bilingual setting, in Los Angeles, CA, and in North Carolina. She is licensed to teach K-12 physics, biology, middle school general science, and English as a second language. Her research focuses on critical and decolonizing approaches to science education, Latin@ critical race theory, Chican@ feminism, borderlands theory, and social justice for Latin@s in education and science. She is a scholar activist for Latin@ rights and immigrant rights, and an advocate for a paradigm shift in education towards critical, anti-oppressive, decolonizing lenses. She teaches science methods and social justice courses for the Graduate Teacher Education Program in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. She works with bilingual teachers in the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program, and with students to develop community activist approaches to education through decolonizing mentorship, establishing confianza and familia, and creating outlets for testimonio.

Jean Rockford Aguilar-Valdez, PhD
Portland State University
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
PO Box 751
1900 SW 4th Avenue
Room 290B
Portland, Oregon  97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-4588
Fax: 503-725-3200