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Patricia Sánchez

Professor & Chair
Bicultural-Bilingual Studies



Patricia Sánchez, PhD, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a 2017 recipient of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA), which is given for excellence in undergraduate teaching; the award is the highest teaching honor in the University of Texas System.  In 2017, 56 ROTA recipients were selected from over 20,000 instructors in the UT System.

Dr. Sánchez—a first-generation college student—was born and raised along the El Paso-Juárez border in a bilingual Mexican immigrant home and also spent 8 years in Benson, Arizona.  For over two decades she has worked with non-profits, schools, and research organizations, both in Texas and California, to improve the educational and economic success of Latinx immigrants in the US.  She received her PhD in Social and Cultural Studies at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004.  During this time, she was awarded a prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.  Prior to becoming an academic, she was a second-grade bilingual teacher in Houston, Texas, as well as an admissions officer at a private university, and a non-profit community worker.

In her research, Dr. Sánchez uses a sociocultural lens to examine issues related to globalization, transnationalism, immigrant students and families, and the preparation of bilingual teachers.  She has over 45 research publications, including a forthcoming co-edited book on Mexican migration, In Search of Hope and Home:  Mexican Immigrants in the Trinational NAFTA Context (Peter Lang, 2019) and a co-authored book on social policy, Beyond “Bilingual” Education:  New Immigrants and Public School Policies in California (Urban Institute Press, 2004).   Her dissertation—which focused on transnationalism, gender, and second-generation immigrants—led to the co-authoring of a bilingual children’s literature book with Latina youth, published by Scholastic, Inc.:  Recuerdo mis raíces y vivo mis tradiciones / Remembering My Roots and Living My Traditions (2004); it sold over 19,000 copies during its 10 years in print.

Dr. Sánchez also currently serves as the Lead Editor of the Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) Journal