Assistant Professor, Science Education

California State University, Los Angeles

Christina Restrepo Nazar, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Division of Curriculum & Instruction in the Charter College of Education at the California State University, Los Angeles.

Dr. Nazar 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.

Previously, Dr. Nazar was an Education Research Assistant in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and taught high school biology and chemistry in Orlando, Florida.

Currently, Dr. Nazar's work involves unpacking how preservice teachers learn to imagine and enact youth-centered, equity-oriented practices in teacher education with a focus on science teaching and learning.

She has received multiple awards and grants. These include the 2020 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Dissertation Award, the 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the AERA Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2009.

To visit Dr. Nazar's Cal State LA Faculty page, please visit:

5151 State University Drive
King Hall A3050
Los Angeles, California 90032