Sofía Chaparro obtained her PhD in Educational Linguistics from Penn’s Graduate School of Education in 2017. Her research investigates the social and cultural contexts in which bilingual teaching and learning take place. Her dissertation, titled Language and the Gentrifying City: An Ethnographic Study of a Two Way Immersion program Within an Urban Public School, focused on understanding the creation of a two-way immersion bilingual program in the context of gentrification and public school reform, as well as the effects on students and families enrolled in the first two years of the program. Her work was been funded by the Spencer Fellowship Foundation/National Academy of Education (Dissertation Fellow 2015) and the Ford Fellowship Foundation (Dissertation Fellow 2016). Her work has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Dissertation Award from the Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association as well as the 2018 Jolley Bruce Christman and Steven S. Goldberg Annual Award for Best Dissertation in Urban Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, an article she co-wrote with Dr. Nelson Flores was awarded the 2018 James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts.
Prior to graduate school, she was a teacher in two-way immersion bilingual schools in Boston, MA and Texas. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Sofía grew up bilingually and transnationally between El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juárez in Mexico. She is the daughter of Mexican parents and bilingual educators, who early on instilled a love and passion for education and bilingualism. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she teaches in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education program of the School of Education and Human Development.
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