Melissa Navarro, Ph.D.

Melissa Navarro, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor
  • Dual Language and English Learner Education


Dr. Melissa A. Navarro Martell (ella/she/her(s)) earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in K-12 education and equity from the Joint Ph.D. Program in Education between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate School in 2018. Prior to joining SDSU, she was an assistant professor in liberal studies at CSU Dominguez Hills. Her research and teaching center the need to prepare critically conscious bilingual educators on the sociopolitical, ideological, cultural, and linguistic aspects of teacher preparation in general, and K-8 equitable science and dual-language education specifically; pushing the need to decolonize science education.

Dr. Navarro Martell is a Whisenton Scholar, a partnership between the Whisenton Public Scholars program and the Kettering Foundation that encourages scholars to tryout elements of citizen-centered democracy in the context of teaching, research, and service. In addition, she was recently selected to be a scholar for the Quantitative Research Methods for STEM Education Program, an NSF-funded project offered by the University of Maryland, College Park, aimed at building capacity in STEM Education research. She has been a member of the Research &Equity Scholarship Institute (RESISTE) team at SDSU since 2016.

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