Dr. Miguel G. López received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Language and Literacy. His teaching and research explores the intersection of multiculturalism and teacher excellence.
In particular, he focuses on the development of teachers' use of multicultural literature as a pedagogical tool for the promotion of social justice and educational excellence in urban schools. He also focuses on the development of teachers as critical practitioners of educational equity, especially for youth who have traditionally been underserved by the public education system. Across his work he promotes a thoughtful and positive understanding of the continuing role of race, ethnicity, and culture in education. In addition, Dr. López promotes service learning as a pedagogical philosophy in teacher education and works with local school and libraries to foster university-community partnerships for implement service learning projects that foster social justice.
Dr. López has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, New York University, and the University of San Francisco. He provides professional development for teachers across California and Washington with TEAMS/AmeriCorps Program (Teacher Education for the Advancement of a Multicultural Society) and with T4SJ (Teachers 4 Social Justice) in San Francisco.
His commitment to Latino students was recognized by the University of San Francisco where he was awarded the Esther Madriz Award for "academic excellence and unwavering commitment to empower the USF Latino community." At CSUMB, he currently leads a reading group for pre-service Latina teachers.
Dr. López teaches Liberal Studies (LS) 394/S, Multicultural Children's Literature; LS 233, Arts an the School and Community, LS 310/S, Educational Issues and Latino Community; and LS 400, Senior Capstone.