Oscar Navarro


rank Secondary Education Assistant Professor
email osnavarr@calpoly.edu
office location 02-135



  • 2016 Ph.D. Education, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2007 M.Ed. Education, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2005 B.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2002 A.A. Rio Hondo Community College

Research Interests

  • Social justice pedagogy and teaching
    • Critical pedagogy
    • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Critical qualitative research
    • Critical inquiry group research
    • Youth participatory action research
  • Students of color in secondary schools 
    • Critical race theory


  • Howard, T.C., Woodward, B., Navarro, O., Haro, B., Watson, K., & Huerta, A. (2019, in press). Renaming the narrative, reclaiming their humanity: Black and Latino males’ descriptions of success. Teachers College Record, 121(5).
  • Navarro, O. (2018). We Can’t Do This Alone: Validating and Inspiring Social Justice Teaching through a Community of Transformative Praxis.  Curriculum Inquiry, 3, 335-358.
  • Navarro, O., & Howard, T.C. (2017). A Critical Race Theory Analysis of Social Studies: Research, Theory, & Practice in M. Manfra & C. Bolick (Eds.) The Handbook of Social Studies Research. USA: Wiley
  • Howard, T.C., & Navarro, O. (2016). Critical Race Theory: 20 years later. What Have We Learned? Urban Education, 1, 1-21.
  • Philip, T.M., Way, W., Garcia, A.D., Schuler-Brown, S., & Navarro, O. (2013). When Educators Attempt to Make “Community” a Part of Classroom Learning: The Dangers of (Mis)appropriating Students’ Communities into Schools. Teaching and Teacher Education, 34, 174-183.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 412: Access to Learning in a Pluralistic Society
  • EDUC 522: Advanced Pedagogy
  • EDUC 587: Social Justice Teaching: In & Out of the Classroom

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School of Education
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407