Assistant Professor of Education
Rusoja’s interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection of Latinx/Chicanx studies, critical education/critical literacy studies, and university-community/research-practice partnerships. As a Latina immigrant and activist-scholar, she employs participatory and critical community-based qualitative research methodologies to understand the immigrant rights organizing of Latinx immigrant youth, adults, families, and communities. Her research illuminates the fundamental role that communal education, critical literacy, and critical research practice play in the intergenerational political mobilization of Latinx immigrants. Relatedly, her work aims to explore how critical qualitative research methodologies, including community-based, participatory and practitioner research, can be tools for resisting colonial logics within grassroots communities, as well as within community-based research and university-community partnerships, including those related to school-community relationships. Her scholarly work has been published in Research in the Teaching of English, AERA Open, the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and in Literacy Research: Theory, Method and Practice, among others.