Adanari Zarate

Graduate Student


Latina/o/x Youth Education; Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies; Sociocultural Linguistics; Language, Race and Immigration; U.S. Racial Politics of Language


BS in Child and Adolescent Studies

MA in Education

MA in Chicana and Chicano Studies


Adanari is a first-generation Chicana born and raised in Santa Ana, CA. Adanari has worked with Latinx youth in various educational spaces for 12+ years both in her hometown of Santa Ana and through the SKILLS program in Santa Barbara county high schools. Her teaching efforts have been recognized at UCSB by being awarded the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award. Through being awarded the UC President’s Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic school year, Adanari completed her ethnographic dissertation research which investigates how racialized linguistic ideologies of Spanish influence the educational experiences of “academically promising” Latinx high school youth in Santa Ana, CA. Adanari will finish her PhD in Spring 2020 and hopes to continue her research and advocacy for Latinx communities through her continued personal and professional efforts.


Peer Reviewed Journal Article

Zarate, A., Reese, L., Flores, D., Villegas, G. (2016)Making cambios, usando la voz”: Ethical Dilemmas of Education in Immigrant Contexts. Issues in Teacher Education, 25(1), 39-57.


Chapter in Edited Book

Zarate, A. (2018) “’You don’t look like you speak English’: Raciolinguistic profiling and Latinx youth agency.” In Feeling It: Language, Race, and Affect in Latinx Youth Learning (pp. 132-148). Routledge.


Book Review

Zarate, A. (forthcoming, 2020). Sarah Gallo’s Mi Padre: Mexican Immigrant Fathers and their Children’s Education. Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies.


CHST 133: Struggles for Equity in Chicana/o Education

CHST 138: Barrio Popular Culture

CHST: 149: Body, Culture, Power