Patricia Gándara
Professor and Co-director


  • Civil rights
  • English language learners
  • Hispanic students

Patricia Gándara is professor and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. Between 2000 and 2009, she was associate director of the Linguistic Minority Research Institute and director of its policy center. She also has served as California’s commissioner for postsecondary education. In 2011 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She is the author of “Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies,” which she wrote with Megan Hopkins. Her most recent book, co-edited with Rebecca Callahan is “The Bilingual Advantage:  Language, Literacy and the US Labor Market,” published in 2014.