Welcome to the Project MALES Faculty and Research Affiliates page where you can learn more about our outstanding affiliates from institutions across the nation.
The goal of the Project MALES Faculty and Research Affiliates Program is to raise the visibility of our affiliates’ research on young males of color by amplifying their work to our growing national network of P-16 practitioners and administrators. Project MALES is committed to cultivating and amplifying the work of scholars whose research agenda is well aligned with the goals of our various research and mentoring initiatives.
Current Faculty and Research Affiliates include emerging and established scholars whose research focuses on the educational experiences of males of color. To learn more visit their bios below.
Project MALES Faculty & Research Affiliates
Research Interests: Race, ethnicity, gender, and immigrant generation; Experiences and outcomes for men of color; Student identity exploration and development in STEM; Organizational change and student equity in community colleges; Institutional research and assessment
Beth E. Bukoski, Ph.D. | University of Texas
Clinical Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Social justice, equity, and diversity, particularly critical perspectives in teaching, practice, and leadership across the P-20 pipeline; constructs of gender, race, and class; qualitative methodologies and critical theories
Nolan Cabrera, Ph.D. | University of Arizona
Research Interests: Race and Education, Higher Education, Critical Race Theory, Theories of Inequality, Oppression, and Stratification
Juan F. Carrillo, Ph.D. | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests: Latino/a, Chicano/a Education; Latino Males (k-12 & Higher Ed.); Social and Cultural Foundations of Education; Anthropology of Education; Cultural Studies in Education; Critical Pedagogy
Ismael Fajardo, Ph.D. | University of Washington, Seattle
Research Interests: P-16 programs and policy (e.g., K-12 preparation, college transitions, and success) ;Diversity and Equity; Mixed method research; STEM identity, ecological, student development, and critical race theories; Community-based research
Research Interests: Community college student transition to four-year institutions, Institutional responses to international higher education and globalization
Claudia García-Louis, Ph.D. | University of Texas at San Antonio
Research Interests: AfroLatinx Students, Race & ethnicity in higher education, Intersectionality & sense of belonging, Access & equity for first generation students, Young men of color and their educational pathways
Research Interests: Student Development in Higher Education, College Men and Masculinities, Qualitative Methods of Inquiry, The Social Construction of Race and Gender in Higher Education, Racial/Ethnic Disparities in College Student Outcomes, and Intercollegiate Athletics
Research Interests: Community college environments—from the structural to the programmatic and classroom level—to uncover how they intersect with student experiences to foster equitable access, quality, and success in higher education, especially in regards for those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations.
Adrian H. Huerta, Ph.D. | University of Southern California
Provost Postdoctoral Scholar
Research Interests: College access for males of color in high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities
Research Interests: Access for Underrepresented Groups in Higher Education, Collaboration across P-20, Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Race Theory, Diversity Initiatives, Higher Education Law, Intersectionality and Multidimensional Identity Development, Mentoring in Higher Education for Latino and African American Males, Student Activism and Engagement
Gilberto P. Lara, Ph.D. | University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Research Interests: Latina/o identity, gender studies, bilingual pedagogies, culturally responsive children’s literature and social justice education.
Raul Leon, Ph.D. | Eastern Michigan University
Research Interests: International Higher Education – Study Abroad, Strategic Diversity Management, Student Success, Males of Color, Student Affairs
Julie López Figueroa, Ph.D. | California State University, Sacramento
Research Interests: Sociocultural perspectives on minority student and their schooling experiences in higher education, with an emphasis on Chicano/Latinos, Responsive teaching practices in a cultural context, and teaching and learning in diverse contexts within the discussion points of policy and practice.
Charles Lu, Ph.D. | University of California, San Diego
Research Interests: STEM student success, international learning experiences, and diversity in higher education
Research Interests: Intersection of race, class and gender for Chicano/Latino males throughout the educational pipeline
Research Interests: Urban Education, Latin@ Studies (emphasis on Puerto Rican identities), Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, Arts as Social Justice, Critical Pedagogy, Educational Technology, Qualitative Research Methods
Michael E. Nava, Ph.D. | Texas State University
Research Interests: Developing data-driven comprehensive academic support programs aimed at serving first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented college students and minority males at institutions of higher education
David Perez II, Ph.D. | Miami University in Oxford
Research Interests: Increasing Latino male access, persistence, and success at U.S. postsecondary institutions
Spencer Platt, Ph.D. | University of South Carolina
Research Interests: Black males in higher education, access to higher education, critical race theory, mentoring relationships between faculty and students of color, and the socialization of doctoral students of color at predominantly White universities
Luis Ponjuán, Ph.D. | Texas A&M University
Research Interests: Access and equity in higher education for underrepresented students and faculty members of color
Taryn Ozuna Allen, Ph.D. | University of Texas at Arlington
Research Interests: Educational experiences of traditionally under-represented students, particularly Latino students, as they access, transition, and enroll in higher education
Richard Reddick, Ed.D. | University of Texas
Research Interests: The experiences of Black faculty and faculty of color at predominantly White institutions; mentoring and developmental relationships between faculty and Black students; and work-life balance in academia
Juan A. Ríos Vega, Ph.D. | Bradley University
Research Interests: English Language Acquisition, Multicultural Education, Critical Race Theory, Latino/a Critical Theory, and Social Justice in Education
Cristóbal Rodríguez, Ph.D. | Howard University
Research Interests: Elimination of inequities related to race, color, social, economic and political circumstances
Sarah Rodriguez, Ph.D. | Iowa State University
Research Interests: Equity, access, and retention issues for Latina/o students in the educational pipeline, with a special focus on the intersections of race, ethnicity, and gender for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students
Research Interests: Economic, social and political context of educational opportunities for historically marginalized communities, with an emphasis on Latina/o students
Bernadette Sánchez, Ph.D. | DePaul University
Research Interests: Role of formal and natural mentoring relationships in youth’s educational experiences, the resilience of marginalized youth, and the role of racial and ethnic processes, such as racial discrimination and racial/ethnic identity, in adolescent development
Nydia C. Sánchez, Ph.D. | University of Texas
Research Interests: Qualitative methodologies and critical frameworks to interrogate the contexts and relationships that shape postsecondary access and success for Latinas/os, first-generation college students, and community college students
Mellie Torres, Ph.D. | City University of New York
Visiting Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Education of Latino/a students, Race, Ethnicity, Community and School Partnerships, Program Evaluation; Sociology of Education; Mixed Methods
Marissa Vasquez, Ed.D. | San Diego State University
Research Interests: The pre/post-transitional experiences of Latinx community college transfer students to four-year institutions; understanding the experiences of Latinx students in college settings from multiple perspectives; exploring the role of community colleges in creating equitable environments for disproportionately impacted students.
J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. | San Diego State University
Research Interests: On factors affecting the success of boys and men of color education, with a specific focus on community colleges. In particular, his research examines contributors (e.g., social, psychological, academic, environmental, institutional) to positive outcomes.
Research Interests: The educational access, persistence, and graduation of Chicana/o/x Latina/o/x students, how Chicana/o/x Latina/o/x community college transfer students navigate and engage in the cultural production of the transfer receptive culture, Transfer Receptive Culture for Chicana/o/x Latina/o/x community college students, Chicana/o/x Latina/o/x students in the community college, Chicana/o/x Latina/o/x transfer students, and Mentoring Chicana/o/x Latina/o/x students in Higher Education.
Research Interests: Underserved and Underrepresented Students; K-20 Educational Pipeline; School Culture; School Counseling; Alternative Education
Research Interests: Latino students and the impact of sports participation
Research Interests: The role of interorganizational networks, cross-sector collaborations, and strategic alliances to address complex educational issues.
Research Interests: Resiliency, mental health, trauma outcomes, and behavior