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San Diego State University

SDSU Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (formerly Policy Studies in Language & Cross-Cultural Education)

Alberto Esquinca faculty

Alberto Esquinca, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education as San Diego State University. To earn his doctoral degree, from the University of Southern California (USC), he researched academic texts to understand the literacy practices in school science in southern California schools. This research was supported by a Morkovin Dissertation Fellowship at USC.

Dr. Esquinca continued to research (bi)literacy practices among Latinx youth at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). At UTEP, he worked with in-service and pre-service teachers for twelve years. He has published in scholarly journals such as Bilingual Research Journal, Action in Teacher Education, Theory Into Practice and International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. He is the co-author (with María Teresa de la Piedra and Blanca Araujo) of Educating Across Borders: The Case of a Dual Language Program on the U.S.-Mexico Border

(University of Arizona Press). Most recently, he is the Principal Investigator on a study of the use and implementation of hands-on, inquiry-based engineering learning in a dual language program.

Dr. Esquinca also researches the issue of resilience and persistence among Latinx youth from an intersectional perspective. He was the Principal Investigator of an ethnographic study on the role of identity in engineering studies funded by the National Science Foundation.

A native of Ciudad Juárez, México, he spent more than a decade of his life crossing the international border to attend school in El Paso, Texas. Because of these formative experiences, Dr. Esquinca is passionate about highlighting the unique perspectives of immigrant/transnational youth.