Inmaculada M. García-Sánchez
Moore Hall
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

Inmaculada M. García-Sánchez

Associate Professor


Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009.

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • 2017-2018, Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. Center for the Humanities at Temple. Temple University
  • 2012-2013, National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2009, Outstanding Dissertation Award. Council on Anthropology and Education (American Anthropological Association)

Research & Teaching Interests

Drawing on a multi-method ethnographic approach to learning and schooling, my research agenda offers a critical dialogue between educational ethnography, linguistic anthropology, and migration studies.  My work explores the relation between language practices, the schooling of immigrant children and youth, and larger sociopolitical processes, with a particular emphasis on how educational justice intersects with the cultural politics of recognition and belonging that immigrant children and youth must negotiate on a daily basis.  Placing language and other semiotic processes at the center of my analysis, I combine ethnographic, historical, and discursive analytic approaches to offer a multi-layered and empirically-grounded view of central issues of concern in educational scholarship: 1) the tensions between educational ideologies and actual classroom practice, 2) the linguistic and social stratification of non-dominant students in educational spaces, 3) and making learning processes visible, including how immigrant children themselves actively make sense of learning contexts.

My teaching centers around training educational scholars in qualitative research design and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.  I also teach more specialized methodology seminars on classroom discourse analysis, ethnomethodology, narrative analysis, and video analysis of interaction.  Through my teaching and scholarship, I am committed to interrogating taken-for-granted methodologies and to generating new epistemological frameworks about learning and social transformation.

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Monographs and Edited Volumes

García-Sánchez, I. M. and Faulstich Orellana, M. (Eds.).  (2019).  Language and Cultural Practices in Communities and School: Bridging Learning for Students from Non-Dominant Groups. New York: Routledge.

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2014) Language and Muslim Immigrant Childhoods: The Politics of Belonging. Studies in Discourse and Culture. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 


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de León, L. and García-Sánchez, I. M. (In Press) “Language Socialization at the Intersection of the Local and the Global: The Contested Trajectories of Input and Communicative Competence”.  Annual Review of Linguistics, vol. 7.

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2018) “Children as Interactional Brokers of Care.”  Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 47, pp. 167-184.

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2013) “The Everyday Politics of ‘Cultural Citizenship’ among North African Immigrant School Children in Spain.” Language and Communication 33:481-499.

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2010) “Serious Games: Code-switching and Identity in Moroccan Immigrant Girls’ Pretend Play.” Pragmatics 20(4):523-555. 

García-Sánchez, I. M. and Orellana, M. F. (2006) “The Construction of Moral and Social Identity in Immigrant Children’s Narratives-in-Translation.” Linguistics and Education 17(3):209-239. 


Select Book Chapters

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2020). “Interactional Contingencies and Contradictions in the Socialization of Tolerance in a Spanish Multicultural School.” In Howard, K. M. and Burdelski M. (Eds.) Language socialization in classrooms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2019)  “Centering Shared Linguistic Heritage to Build Language and Literacy Resilience Among Immigrant Students”.  In García-Sánchez, I.M. and Orellana Faulstich, M. (Eds.) Language and Cultural Practices in Communities and School: Bridging Learning for Students from Non-Dominant Groups. New York: Routledge.

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2016) “Multiculturalism and Its Discontents: Essentializing Ethnic Moroccan and Roma Identities in Classroom Discourse in Spain.” In Alim H. S., J. Rickford, and A. Ball (Eds.) Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas about Race. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2012) “Language Socialization and Exclusion.” In A. Duranti, E. Ochs, and B. Schieffelin (Eds.), The Handbook of Language Socialization. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.