Sandra M. Gonzales

Sandra M. Gonzales
Associate Professor, Bilingual/Bicultural Education
285 Teacher Education Division, College of Education

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:30-4pm, 285 College of Education and 6:50-7:50pm, after class

Thursdays, 1:30-3pm, 285 College of Education, or by appointment


  • Ed.D., International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2009.
  • M.Ed., International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2002.
  •  M.A., Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University, Seattle, Washington, 1996.
  • Certificate, School of Social Work, Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist, University of Washington, 1996.
  • B.S., Psychology, Michigan State University, 1992.

Research Interests

Research interests include the intersection of Bilingual/Bicultural and Family and Community Education with Indigenous and Latino Studies.  Family and Community Education is utilized as a foundation through which to examine learning from the perspective of the learner as opposed to the institution.  Such examination is critical to teacher education because it provides a useful lens through which one can examine the social, political and historical constructs that hinder educational collaborations between Latino students/families and the school, the community and society at large.  Also of significance is "autohistoria-teoría," a term coined by Gloria Anzaldúa, a Chicana literary scholar, to describe how personal narratives can become critical pedagogies that inspire social justice, dialogue and cross-cultural understanding. Autohistoria-teoría and Indigenous pedagogies are infused with the contemporary and the urban, to establish a new discourse within Bilingual/Bicultural Education that counters the effects of "subtractive" schooling models by creating an "additive" environment that uses stories and storytelling as a pedagogical tool to promote cultural, linguistic and intellectual diversity in the classroom. 

Courses Taught

  • BBE 5000 Multicultural Education in Urban America
  • BBE 5500 Introduction to Bilingual Bicultural Education
  • BBE 6590 Culture and Language in Bilingual Bicultural Education
  • LED 6580 Culture as the Basis for Language Teaching
  • TED 6370 Equity and Inclusion in Diverse Education Settings

Community Engagement Activities

  • Michigan Department of Education, ELL Advisory Committee
  • The Detroit Latino Agenda, Education Committee


  •  2016
    Wayne State University College of Education Scholarship Award



  •  Education reform in Latino Detroit: Achievement gap or colonial legacy?
    *Gonzales, S. M.* and Shields, C. 2014 Race Ethnicity and Education 18(3)
  • Belonging in the academy: Creating a “casa away from casa” for Latino undergraduate students
    *Gonzales, S.M.*, Brammer, E. C. and Sawilowsky, S. 2014 Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education 14(3)
  • Abuelita Epistemologies: Counteracting Subtractive Schools in American Education
    Gonzales, S. M. 2014 Journal of Latinos and Education 14(1)
  • “CEOs don’t cry.” “But, this one does”: Gender, Identity, Language and Culture at the Periphery of School Leadership in Latina/o Detroit
    *Gonzales, S. M.*, Ulloa, A. and Muñoz, C. 2016 National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal 33(2)