A Longoria , Ph.D.

(they/them; Longoria), Chair of Secondary Education and Associate Professor; Director of Center for Education, Equity and Diversity (CEED)


Dr. Longoria (they/them; Longoria) is Associate Professor and Chair of Secondary Education in the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University (WWU). They are a strong proponent of multicultural education, identity-sustaining pedagogy, and bridging the divide between methods (practice) and foundations (theory) in teacher education. Longoria is co-author, with Francisco Ríos, of the popular book Creating a Home in Schools: Sustaining Identities for Black, Indigenous, and Teachers of Color (Teachers College Press).

A former high school teacher, they formerly served as Academic Program Director for the Master in Teaching (MIT) program. Additionally, they previously served as co-chair (2020-2022) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Queer Studies Special Interest Group (SIG). Alongside department colega Dr. Vero Vélez, Longoria has co-supported the development of Ethnic Studies curriculum with a collective of educators for Bellingham Public Schools. They have taught courses for Family and Community Engaged Teaching (FACET) and for the Education and Social Justice (ESJ) minor. Longoria currently serves as Director for the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity (CEED)

Originally from El Centro, California, Longoria is a Chinx-Chicanx grandchild of immigrants from the Pearl River Delta in China and the state of Zacatecas in Mexico. Outside of academia, Longoria enjoys fiber crafting (especially knitting), bel canto opera, and cooking.  


  • BA in English (minor in History), San Francisco State University  
  • Master in Teaching in Secondary Education, Seattle University 
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle 
  • Washington Teaching Certificate (endorsements in English/Language Arts, History, and Social Studies)

Selected Publications

Longoria, A. (2021). Corporeality. In K.K. Strunk & S.A. Shelton (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education (pp. 128-132). Brill. 

Longoria, A. (2021). Moving Queer visibilities into identity-sustaining practices in CYC: Toward Queer(ed) futures. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 12(3-4), 152-169. 

Longoria, A. (2021). "Once we know the language, we can use the language to empower us": Examining how a teacher addresses Queer issues in an ELL classroom. In J. M. Paiz & J. Coda (Eds.). Intersectional perspectives on LGBTQ+ issues in modern language teaching and learning (pp. 183-216). Palgrave Macmillan. 

Rios, F. & Longoria, A. (2021). Creating a home in schools: Sustaining identities for Black, Indigenous and teachers of color (Multicultural Education Series). Teachers College Press.  

Longoria, A. (2020, June). Reflecting on Latinx Courage. Hispanic Outlook on Education, 30(9), 42.

Selected Presentations 

Longoria, A., Riquelme Sanderson, M. & Sánchez Norońo. (2021). Explorando lo LGBTQ en la formaciòn de profesores. Cíclos de diálogos: Educación para la justicia social en tiempos de cambio. Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile. Video of presentation.

Longoria, A. (2020). Teacher education programs and anti-racism. Virtual Conference: Educators for Anti-Racism. Video of presentation. 

Longoria, A. (2020). Locating Queer and undocuQueer for teacher education: Pedagogical and intersectional contexts for Queer-class studies. Seattle, WA: Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Conference. 

Longoria, A., Baker-Sennett, J., Chu, M., Korsmo, J., Larson, B., Velez, V., & Van Wingerden, C. (2019). Building critical consciousness for family and community engaged teaching: Lessons learned in a middle grades after-school program. Victoria, BC: Child & Youth Care in Action VI.  

Larson, B., Baker-Sennet, J., Chu, M., Korsmo, J., Longoria, A., & Velez, V. (2019). Family and community engaged teaching: A systems approach to pre-service teacher preparation. Paper Session. Toronto, ON: American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting.

Escamilla, L. & Longoria, A. (2019). Strengthening our continuing journey: Educators of color creating puentes (bridges). Surrey, BC: Teaching for Joy and Justice: A Cross- border Conference for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon Teachers.

Additional information on Google Scholar


Moving Queer Visibilities into CYC. CYC Podcast. Recorded November, 2021. 

Research Agenda and Scholarly Interests 

Longoria’s research agenda centers on exploring broadly the concepts of sustaining identities, migrations across borders, and home. This research is situated at the intersections of teacher education, multicultural education, and Queer and Latinx issues in education. Additional scholarly interests: 

  • Identity-sustaining pedagogies
  • Early-career Black, Indigenous, and Teachers of Color (BITOC) retention 
  • Pedagogies of the Latinx Queer body, corporeality, and corporeal pedagogies
  • Gender variance in education: history, policy, and practice 
  • Queer immigrant youth and UndocuQueer identities and activism
  • Comparative education 

Honors and Awards