Patricia SánchezDepartment of Bicultural-Billingual Studies - Mentor
Dr. Patricia Sánchez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Ph.D. 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. 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 eight 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 Latina/o immigrants in the U.S. Dr. Patricia Sánchez uses a sociocultural lens to examine issues related to globalization, transnationalism, and immigrant students and families. Her published work includes a forthcoming co-edited book on Mexican migration, In Search of Hope and Home: Mexican Immigrants in the Trinational NAFTA Context (Peter Lang, 2017). 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), which sold over 19,000 copies during its 10 years of being in print. Dr. Sánchez has also published in such journals as The Urban Review, Linguistics and Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, and Language Arts. She has book chapters in Ethnic Studies Research: Approaches and Perspectives (AltaMira Press, 2008) and Multicultural Literature for Latino Bilingual Children: Their Words, Their Worlds (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).