Theresa Montaño is a Professor of Chicano/a Studies with an emphasis in education at CSU-Northridge. Dr. Montaño has more than 40 years in public education , she taught for 15 years K12 schools before moving into higher education. Currently, at CSUN, Theresa serves as the educational policy representative on CSUN’s Ethnic Studies implementation work group and on the Educational Policies Committee. An active unionist, Theresa helps coordinate the public education work for the California Faculty Association (CFA, a SEIU affiliate), where she co-chairs the Chicanx/Latinx and teacher education caucus. She has been recently appointed to a seat on the Los Angeles County Office Board of Education. She is active in the movement for Ethnic Studies having served on California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Advisory Committee. She is actively working with teachers and districts on the implementation of Ethnic Studies programs and curriculum throughout California. She is also co-chair of LULAC’s (League of United Latin American Citizens) higher education committee. Her current research includes a project on women of color in union leadership. She has also co-authored articles on ethnic studies, critical race theory in Chicana/o Studies and collaborative projects on Chicana/o Studies and Ethnic Studies. Her publications include two co-edited books, several research publications, essays, and curriculum units.

  • B.A. 1997, California State University Los Angeles
  • Ed.D 1996, University of California Los Angeles
  • M.A. 1985, California State University Los Angeles

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