Alicia Rusoja


Professional Overview: 

Dr. Alicia Rusoja is an Assistant Professor in SMC's Justice, Community and Leadership program. 

Dr. Rusoja's interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection of Latinx/Chicanx studies, critical education/critical literacy studies and university-community/research-practice partnerships. Her recent study theorizes a "communal pedagogy of resistance," which she defines as the inquiry-based intersectional and intermeshing organizing practices that are mobilized integenerationally and coalitionally by Latinx immigrants in the U.S., in ways that view the literacy, language and cultural practices of Latinx communities as sources of resistance, in the context of the immigrant rights movement for human rights.

Dr. Rusoja's research, teaching and activism are interconnected and mutually informing. She has participated in and led action research projects in the U.S. and Nicaragua, taught as a member of collaborative teaching teams in the U.S., Chile and Mexico, as well as coordinated and facilitated participatory ESOL classes for adult immigrants and refugees in the U.S. As a Latina immigrant, she has been actively involved in the intersectional movements for immigrant rights and educational justice for decades. She has published in scholarly and community-based journals, presented in scholarly and community-based conferences, as well as co-presented research designed and carried out alongside minoritized communities. At PennGSE, she was awarded the Ralph C. Preston Award for Scholarship and Teaching Contributing to Social Justice and Educational Equity.

Currently, she is a Literacy Research Association STAR (Scholars Transitioning into Academic Research Institutions) Fellow and a Mills College's Research Justice at the Intersections Fellow. At SMC, she is faculty co-chair of the Afro-Latinx, Latinx, Indigenous Peoples Action Subcommittee (ALLIPAS) of the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE), and is on the board of the Institute for Latino and Latin American Studies (ILaLS).  

Dr. Rusoja is committed to research, teaching, service and activism that contribute to ongoing social justice movements by respecting, honoring, learning from, teaching about, and working alongside communities who are directly affected by inequity. She firmly believes these communities are best positioned to understand, produce knowledge about, and lead the challenging of the systemic oppression they experience. 



Ph.D.  Reading/Writing/Literacy. University of Pennsylvania. 2017.

M.S.Ed. Reading/Writing/Literacy. University of Pennsylvania. 2011.

B.A. Latin American Studies and International Relations. Brown University. 2006. 



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