Margarita Machado-Casas

Associate Professor
Bicultural-Bilingual Studies



Dr. Margarita Machado-Casas is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio in the College of Education and Human Development, Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies. Dr. Machado-Casas completed her Ph.D. at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was awarded the IMPACT award for her research on transnational migration trends of newly arrived immigrants in the U.S. South and its effects in education. Dr. Machado-Casas also completed the prestigious Post-Doctoral fellowship at Frank Potter Graham (FPG) Research Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Her research interests include migrant, Afro-descendents, indigenous and Latino education, transnational communities, and minority agency in the fields of education, assessment/evaluation, parent/family involvement, and social-cultural foundations. She has provided leadership development sessions both nationally and internationally, as well as language, literacy, assessment/evaluation, and cultural diversity training to area school districts. Dr. Machado-Casas is an Education Consultant and has taught elementary school, graduate and undergraduate education courses. She is currently the Co-Chair for the Language Policy SIG for the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE). She is a board member of several prestigious academic journals and some of her recent publications, in collaboration with other professionals, include “Four Cases of a Sociocultural Approach to Mobile Learning in La Clase Mágica, an Afterschool Technology Club” and “Language as Problem, Right, Resource and Resistance: The Realities of Nicaragua’s Multilingual Atlantic Coast.” She has worked with national and international governments and non-profit organizations, such as the American Educational Research Association as chair of the Hispanic Special Interest Group.  

At the University of Texas at San Antonio, she works closely with assessment/evaluation methods in bilingual/multilingual settings, particularly around teacher education, and the assessment for minority student populations in the U.S. Dr. Machado-Casas has been awarded several prestigious grants that aim to work transnationally with minority communities around the world on issue of education, literacy, and multiculturalism. The most recent grant, awarded to her, Dr. Belinda Flores, and Dr. Lorena Clays, “La Clase Mágica: An Informal Learning Approach to STEM Education Development,” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  She is the co-creator of the very first multilingual and multiethnic language master’s program in Bluefield’s, Nicaragua which is housed at Bluefield’s Indian and Caribbean University in Nicaragua.  While in North Carolina, Dr. Machado-Casas organized a program called LUPE: Latinos Unidos para la educación de sus hijos (Latinos United for Education). LUPE is a program designed to help Latino and minority parents become advocates for their children’s education, and also worked with school to develop culturally appropriate ways to assess language minority students in academic settings.

She is the Co-editor for the Handbook of Latinos in Education that was awarded the American Education Studies Association Critics Choice Award. She is also the co-director of the National Education Latino Network that provided educational links to over half a million people around the world. Dr. Machado-Casas is also a board member for the Latino Education Advocacy Days (LEAD) that brings educational communities from across the globe once a year for an education conference.