Patricia Sánchez, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor, Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

Patricia Sánchez, Ph.D.


Patricia Sánchez, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at UTSA. 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. Dr. Sánchez—a first-generation college student—was born and raised along the El Paso-Juárez border in a bilingual Mexican immigrant home. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2004. Prior to becoming an academic, she was a second-grade bilingual teacher as well as an admissions officer at a private university, and a non-profit community worker. In her research, Dr. Sánchez examines issues related to immigrant education, Latinx transnationalism, and the preparation of bilingual teachers. She has over 50 research publications, including a co-edited, forthcoming book on Mexican migration.


Research Interests

  • Immigrant education
  • Latinx transnationalism
  • Bilingual teacher preparation


  • PhD, Education - Social & Cultural Studies UC Berkeley, 2004
  • MA, Latin American Studies, UT Austin, 1999
  • BA, English, Rice University, 1993