Mariana Pacheco

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Mariana Pacheco

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Mariana Pacheco

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Curriculum and Instruction (CI)

574-B Teacher Education Building  binoculars icon
225 N Mills St
Madison, WI 53706-1707
Office: 608/263-4617

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Mariana Pacheco’s research focuses on meaningful opportunities for bi/multilingual and English Learner students to use their full linguistic resources for learning and self-determination. She employs ethnographic and anthropological methods to understand sociopolitical and sociocultural processes related to language, teaching, learning, and curriculum. Her work contributes to theorizations and empirical knowledge of policies, programs, and practices that amplify what ‘counts’ as knowledge and that enhance bi/multilingual students’ academic potential through asset-based and strength-based educational practices, particularly for Chican@/Latin@ students. She is a former elementary bilingual (English-Spanish) teacher in Southern California and a proud alumnus of the Migrant Education and Upward Bound Programs.


Ph D, Urban Schooling
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Los Angeles, CA

M Ed, Multiple Subject Clear Credential, Bilingual Credential
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Los Angeles, CA

BA, Liberal Studies & Chicano Studies
California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Research Interests

My research focuses on how bi(multi)lingual students (or "English Learners") employ their linguistic repertoires in different contexts in and outside of school. I employ ethnographic and anthropological methods to understand the sociopolitical and sociocultural processes related to teaching, learning, and curriculum with bi(multi)lingual students, particularly from Chican@/Latin@ and (im)migrant backgrounds.


  • Pacheco, M., & Morales, Z. (in press). Meaning making, narrative, and nuance: Exploring the role of religious discourses and practices in expanding bilingual youth’s linguistic repertoires. Everyday learning: Leveraging non-dominant youth language and culture in schools. New York: Routledge.
  • Pacheco, M., Morales, Z., & Hamilton, C. (2019). Transforming schooling for second language learners: Policies, pedagogies, and practices. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Pacheco, M. (2018). Learning and becoming writers: Meaning, identity, and epistemology in a newsroom community of practice. Mind, Culture, and Activity. 25(2), 105-124.
  • Pacheco, M. (2015). Bilingualism-as-participation: Language and literacy competencies across in-school, out-of-school, and on-line contexts. In WIDA and WestEd (Eds.), Washington, D.C.: American Educational Research Association.
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  • Pacheco, M. (2014). Nepantleras in the New Latino Diaspora: The intersectional experiences of bi/multilingual youth. In C. Grant & E. Zwier (Eds.), Intersectionality and urban education: Identities, policies, spaces & power, (pp. 97-123). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
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  • Pacheco, M. (2012). Learning in/through everyday resistance: A cultural-historical perspective on community ‘resources’ and curriculum. Educational Researcher. 41(4), 121-132.
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  • Pacheco, M. (2010). 'Performativity' in the bilingual classroom: The plight of English Learners in the current reform context. Anthropology & Education Quarterly. 41(1), 75-93.
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  • Pacheco, M. (2010). English Learners’ reading achievement: Dialectical relationships between policy and practices in meaning-making opportunities. Reading Research Quarterly. 45(3), 292-317.
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  • Pacheco, M. (2009). Expansive learning and Chicana/o and Latina/o students’ political-historical knowledge. Language Arts. 87(1), 18-29.
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  • Pacheco, M., & Nao, K. (2009). Re-writing identities: Using historicized writings to promote migrant students' writings. Pedagogies: An International Journal. 4(1), 24-43.
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  • Martínez, R., Orellana, M.F., Pacheco, M., & Carbone, P. (2008). Found in translation: Connecting translating experiences to academic writing. Language Arts. 85(6), 421-431.
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  • Pacheco, M., Gonzalez, T., & Xiong, Y.S. (2019). What can teachers learn from Hmong and Latino/a parents and youth?: Cultural historical change informing inclusive education, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto.
  • Pacheco, M., & Morales, Z. (2018). Figurative language in religious community contexts: Opportunities to leverage and expand bilingual youth’s linguistic repertoires, Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA.
  • Pacheco, M. (2018). “Quietly failing”: Examining the racialization of Chicano/Latino emergent bilingual students in/through policymaking processes, Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA.
  • Pacheco, M. (2018). Sociocritical Literacy for Community Change and Equity: Participatory Action Research with Bilingual Hmong and Latino Youth with/out Disabilities, Equity by Design Conference at UC – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
  • Pacheco, M. (2017). Explorando juntos: Exploring the organic intellectualism of (im)migrant students and communities, 16th Annual Cambio de Colores Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Pacheco, M., & Seemuth, L. (2017). “Spanish agaaaiiin?”: Young emergent bi/multilinguals’ participation and language ideologies in the classroom, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Pacheco, M. (2016). Equitable Approaches to Bilingual Education Pedagogy & Practice, MMSD 2016 Teaching and Learning Institute, Madison, WI.
  • Pacheco, M. (2016). Critical Language Awareness and Implications for a Return to Critical Bi(multi)lingual Education, Working Conference on Discourse Analysis in Education Research, Columbus, OH.
  • Pacheco, M. (2015). Language in Education: A Return to Critical Bi(multi)ligual Education, Language Institute’s “Language Matters: Language, Power, Equity, and Justice” Lecture Series, UW-Madison.
  • Pacheco, M. (2013). The Role of the Brown (Latina) Body in Creating Robust Environments, La Mujer Latina Conference, UW-Madison.

Departmental Service

  • Student Awards Committee, Member
    Dates of Membership: Sep. 2011 - May 2012

  • ESL/Bilingual Certification Program

  • Graduate Programs Committee, Member

  • SoE Literacies, Cultures, and Languages Institute

School Service

  • Equity & Diversity Committee

Public Service

  • Reading Research Quarterly
    Dates of Membership: 2017 - Pres.
  • Reviewer, Journal Article.

  • International Multilingual Research Journal
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - 2017
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • AERA Division G (Social Context of Education): Distinguished Dissertation Award Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - 2012

  • AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - 2013

  • AERA Cultural-historical Activity Theory SIG
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper.

  • AERA Language & Social Processes SIG
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper.

  • AERA, Bilingual Education Research SIG
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper.

  • MMSD Bilingual Advisory Committee
    Dates of Membership: May 2008 - June 2010

  • MATC Latino/Hispanic Community Council of Color
    Dates of Membership: 2007 - 2012
  • Member.

  • American Education Research Journal
  • Reviewer, Journal Article.

  • Anthropology & Education Quarterly
  • Reviewer, Journal Article.

  • Bilingual Research Journal
  • Reviewer, Journal Article.

  • Language Arts
  • Reviewer, Journal Article.

Public Service

  • Board of Directors, Simpson Street Free Press
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - 2014

  • Latino Education Council
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): 2011


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    Position Held: Chair, Section 4, Division K, Scope of Organization: National, Membership Period: May 1, 2008 - May 1, 2010
  • National Council of Teachers of English -- Assembly for Research (NCTEAR)
    Position Held: Conference Co-chair, Scope of Organization: National
  • National Research Conference on Language & Literacy (NCRLL)
    Scope of Organization: National
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