Angela Valenzuela is a professor in both the Cultural Studies in Education Program within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Educational Policy and Planning Program within the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin where she also serves as the director of the University of Texas Center for Education Policy.
A Stanford University graduate, her previous teaching positions were in Sociology at Rice University in Houston, Texas (1990-98), as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston (1998-99). She is also the author of Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring (State University of New York Press, 1999) and Leaving Children Behind: How “Texas-style” Accountability Fails Latino Youth (State University of New York Press, 2004). Valenzuela currently serves as Associate Vice-President for School Partnerships at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Valenzuela also serves as director of the National Latino Education Research and Policy Project (or NLERAP a national-level initiative that aims to improve teacher quality and the teacher education pipeline for high school youth in Texas, California, Wisconsin, Chicago, New York, and Arizona. This work builds on the efforts and advocacy of Latino education and business leaders nationwide.