Dr. Eliana Castro has over 10 years of experience teaching high school history and social studies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as curriculum and instruction and teacher preparation courses at Michigan State University.
Her research studies the role of race and ethnicity in P-12 settings, focusing on how scholars, teacher educators, practitioners, and other community members can expose global racism within schools. She is interested in understanding and contributing to the teaching and learning of race/ethnicity, racism, and other issues of power, identity, and institutions. Her work examines how U.S. and world history curricula can promote nuanced representations of intersectional racial/ethnic identities, such as Afro-Latinidad. Her most recent research combines teacher and student experiences to probe theories of teaching and learning, racial identity formation, and racial literacy.
Castro’s research has been published in the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Teacher Education, and The Social Studies. Castro’s recent publication in the Journal of Research on Leadership Education, entitled ‘Twelve Years Unslaved: Lessons from Reconstruction and Brown for Contemporary School Leaders’, received accolades as the journal’s Article of the Year.