Christina Restrepo Nazar, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of K-12 Science Education in the Charter College of Education at the California State University, Los Angeles.
She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education (CITE) with specializations in Science Education and Qualitative Research Methods from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She received an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership 13' and B.S. in Science Education: Biology 11' from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
She has previously worked as an Education Research Assistant in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and has also taught high school biology in Orlando, FL.
As a first generation in college student and faculty member of Color, she lives her work. At the core of this foundation lies critically transformative teaching and research that is collaborative, youth-centered, equity-oriented and supports humanizing, community and practice-centered orientations between youth, teachers, families and communities. Her goal is to expand dialog on the enduring challenges we face in the areas of educational equity, opportunity and change in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The teaching and research question that she is currently investigating in her work is: how do we support development of youth-centered, equity-oriented (YCEO) teaching practices in K-12 science and engineering education? Through her teaching, research and service, she looks for avenues to bridge/hybridize institutional, community, family and school experiences in order to alter modes participation in STEM and support transformative learning for youth from traditionally minoritized communities. In addition, she is committed to teacher learning in equity-centered ways that uphold these critical youth-centered orientations. Finally, she is committed to working collaboratively to broaden STEM participation among youth and preservice teachers from traditionally minoritized communities while also being committed to educating future teachers of STEM in critically-engaged ways.
She has received multiple awards and grants including the AERA Undergraduate Research Fellow 09', National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 12' and Michigan State University Distinguished Fellow 13' among others.