Dr. Carol Brochin (she/her/ella) is an associate professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of Arizona and the incoming director of the Southern Arizona Writing Project. She is also an Affiliate Faculty in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, the Institute for LGBT Studies, the graduate minor in Social, Cultural, Critical Theory, and the Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures.
Her professional and scholarly work is rooted in her experiences as a public-school teacher and literacy educator along the U.S./Mexico border. Brochin’s work is interdisciplinary, crossing and challenging disciplinary and theoretical borders while grounded in community engagement, qualitative inquiry and literacy research methods. Her teaching and research pushes the boundaries of what it means to do equity work, both in literacy and bilingual education. Brochin researches and writes about teacher education, LGBTQ+ and bilingual literature for youth, and crossing borders through books. Her work has been included in journals such as Urban Education, Theory into Practice, the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.
Dr. Brochin’s most recent community engaged scholarship includes co-directing several innovative literacy initiatives, including Salas de Libros, based on an intergenerational reading promotion program from Mexico, funded by the National Writing Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the K-12 Summer Institute for Teachers, “We the people”: Migrant Waves in the Making of America, also funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In Spring 2023 she is co-directing Big Read Tucson, a community reading initiative funded by the National Endowment of the Arts that centers the theme of water justice in the Sonoran desert. She frequently provides professional development for school districts, school campuses, and teachers on creating schools that are inclusive and transformative for LGBTQ+ communities.
Brochin has received several awards at the University of Arizona for her research and teaching including the Outstanding Faculty Service and Outreach award for the College of Education, Urquides Laureate Award for her work with bilingual teachers and the Fabulous Faculty Award from Pride Alliance and LGBTQ Affairs.
Prior to joining the University of Arizona, she was an Assistant Professor of Literacy and English Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. She received her Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a B.A. in English and Mexican American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Listen to her most recent public lecture: The Power of Stories: Talking about gender and sexuality in schools. SBS Downtown Lecture Series. Youtube: 2022 DLS SEXUALITIES: Carol Brochin