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Asian American Studies Faculty - Dr. TRACY LACHICA BUENAVISTA

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Dr. Tracy Lachica Buenavista

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"Asian American Studies is important as a site to interrogate power, empower individuals and communities, and critically work together to transform oppressive structures."

Tracy Lachica Buenavista is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies and a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.  She teaches courses on race and racism, immigration, research methods, and critical ethnic studies.  In her research she uses critical race theory to examine the relationship between education, immigration and militarization in shaping the contemporary experiences of Pilipina/os in the U.S. 

She is originally from the Bay Area, and loves to read, run, and ride her bicycle.

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Education (Emphasis in Higher Education), University of California, Los Angeles, 2007.


Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003.

Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University, 2002.


Integrative Biology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. University of California, Berkeley, 2000.

Scholarship Highlights

Listen to an interview with Professor Buenavista (2013, May) on Southern California Public Radio, 89.3 KPCC. Retrieved from http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2013/05/10/31740/us-marines-launch-campaign-to-recruit-asian-ameria/

Selected Publications

Buenavista, T. L. (2013).  Overstaying our welcome: Undocumented Asian immigrant experiences with racial microaggressions in research and education.  In R. Endo & X. L. Rong (Eds.), Educating Asian Americans: Achievement, schooling, and identities (pp. 103-128).  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Buenavista, T. L. (2013).  Pilipinos in the middle: Higher education and a sociocultural context of contradictions.  In D. Maramba & R. Bonus (Eds.), The "other" students: Filipino Americans, education and power (pp. 259-275). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Buenavista, T. L. & Chen, A. C. (2013).  Intersections and crossroads: A counter-story of an undocumented Pinay college student.  In S. D. Museus, D. Maramba & R. Teranishi (Eds.), The misrepresented minority: New insights on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their implication for higher education.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Buenavista, T. L. (2012). Citizenship at a cost: Undocumented Asian youth perceptions and the militarization of immigration.  Asian American and Pacific Islander Nexus, 10(1), 101-124.

Sánchez-Muñoz, A., Buenavista, T. L., Shrake, E., & Masequesmay, G. (Eds.). (2011). Navigating the great recession: Immigrant families’ stories of resilience.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.

Buenavista, T. L. & Gonzales, J. B. (2010-2011).  DREAMs deterred: Filipino experiences and an anti-militarization critique of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.  Asian American Policy Review, 21, 29-37.

Buenavista, T. L. (2010).  Issues affecting U.S. Filipino student access to postsecondary education: A Critical Race Theory perspective.  Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 15, 114-126.

Buenavista, T. L., Jayakumar, U. M., & Misa-Escalante, K. (2009).  Contextualizing Asian American education through Critical Race Theory: An example of U.S. Pilipino college student experiences.  In S. D. Museus (Ed.), Conducting Research on Asian Americans in Higher Education: New Directions for Institutional Research, 142, 69-81.

Selected Honors and Awards
Fellow, College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship (2013, 2009, 2008)
Scholar in Residence, Michael D. Eisner College of Education (2012-13)
Recipient, CSUN Probationary Faculty Support Program Grant (2012, 2011, 2010)
Recipient, Polished Apple Teaching Award, CSUN University Ambassadors (2012, 2006)
Recipient, CSUN Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award (2011)
Recipient, Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects Grant (2011, 2010, 2009)