"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 assistant professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge. She teaches courses on race and racism, Asian American families, immigration, research methods, and critical ethnic studies. In her research she uses Critical Race Theory to examine the role of race, socioeconomic status, gender, and citizenship in shaping the experiences of Pilipinos in the U.S.
She is originally from the Bay Area, and loves to read, run, and bike.
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.
Buenavista, Tracy 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, Tracy L. & Tran, Tam T. N. (2010). Asian American undocumented immigrant students. In E. Chen & G. Yoo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Contemporary Asian American Issues (253-257). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Buenavista, Tracy L. (2009, December). Examining the postsecondary experiences of Pilipino 1.5-generation college students. Association for the Study of Higher Education and Lumina Foundation Policy Briefs and Critical Essays Series.
Buenavista, Tracy L., Jayakumar, Uma M., Misa-Escalante, Kim. (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.
Buenavista, Tracy L. (2008). Pilipina/o educational experiences in the greater Los Angeles area. In Filipino American K-12 Students: A National Survey. Washington, DC: National Federation of Filipino American Associations.
(2010, 2009) Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects Grant.
(2008, 2009) Faculty Fellowship, CSUN College of Humanities.
(2006) CSUN Polished Apple Teaching Award.