Meet the new faculty

Get to know the newest educators in the College of Education.


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Dr. Christian Bracho

  • Assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department.
  • Teaches History of American Education in, and is coordinator of, the M.A. in Education, Curriculum & Instruction program. He will teach Cross-Cultural Education in the spring.
  • Has researched Mexican teacher movements, teacher identity, Latinx communities, queer theory and Hispanic-serving institutions.
  • Education:
    • Ph.D., International Education — New York University
    • M.S., Secondary English Curriculum — University of Rochester
    • B.A., English and Comparative Literature — University of Rochester
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Dr. Branson Boykins

  • Assistant professor in the Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling Department.
  • Teaches Counseling Theories, Counseling Techniques, Cross-Cultural Counseling and Couples Counseling.
  • Has research interests grounded in multicultural psychology and best practices when working with marginalized populations, especially racial minorities.
  • Education:
    • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology — Western Michigan
    • University. M.A., School & Community Psychology — Wayne State University
    • B.A., Psychology — Michigan State University
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Dr. Rita Suh

  • Lecturer in the Teacher Education Department.
  • Teaches Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools and Teaching and Learning Language Arts K-8.
  • Has expertise in second language acquisition, issues of equity in schools, and culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy.
  • Education:
    • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, concentration in Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies — USC
    • M.A., Education, option in Reading/Language Arts — CSULB
    • Reading Language Arts Specialist Credential — CSULB
    • Multiple Subject Credential — CSULB
    • B.A. Sociology, Minor in Education— UC Irvine.


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Troy Loker

  • Lecturer in the Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling Department and coordinator of fieldwork for School Psychology.
  • Teaches Practicum and Internship Supervision, Child Development and Intro to School Psychology.
  • Has experience in, and focused research on, supporting LGBTQ+ youth in schools, advancing implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports in urban schools, school climate and the dual-factor model of mental health.
  • Education:
    • Ph.D., School Psychology — University of South Florida
    • Ed.S., School Psychology — University of South Florida 
    • M.A., School Psychology — University of South Florida. B.S., Psychology - University of Florida.
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Erika Garcia

  • Lecturer and university supervisor in the Teacher Education Department.
  • Teaches Teaching and Learning of History and Social Science K-8 and Teaching and Learning Reading K-8.
  • Is a former bilingual education teacher who has researched how teachers can leverage the cultural and linguistic funds of knowledge of emergent bilinguals in the classroom curriculum.
  • Education:
    • Ed.D., Educational Leadership— USC
    • M.A., Education, Dual Language Development — CSULB
    • B.A., Social Welfare, Minor in Education — UC Berkeley