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Current Minority Postdoctoral Fellows

Monique Lane, Ph.D.
Affiliations at the Department of Arts and Humanities and IUME

  • Monique Lane, Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellow, earned her Ph.D. and M. Ed. in Urban Education from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
  • Dr. Lane’s dissertation, “Engendering Sisterhood, Solidarity, and Self-love: Black Feminist Pedagogy and the Social Identities of African-American Girls”, examined the complex ways in which the social and academic identities of African-American female students are co-constructed and mediated within the schooling context—as well as how this process influences the educational outcomes of these youth.
  • Drawing from a Black feminist framework, Dr. Lane’s research specifically involves analyzing Black feminist pedagogical practices employed for two years during her recent research as an English teacher at a public South Los Angeles high school. A qualitative methodology was utilized to explore the immediate and long-term impact of a Black feminist curriculum on African-American female students’ orientation towards school and the development of their racial/ethnic and gender identities. This research offers concrete examples of pedagogical processes that engender self-actualization and an authentic craving for cultural and intellectual empowerment among young Black women. Furthermore, it highlights the responsibility of K-12 institutions to mainstream empowering curricular interventions for African-American female youth.
  • Dr. Lane has taught courses in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and recently received the honor of  “Distinguished Teaching Associate” in the Graduate School of Education.


Rigoberto Marquez
Department of Curriculum & Teaching

  • Rigoberto Marquez, Minority Postdoctoral Fellow, earned his Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and was a Gerardo Marin Dissertation Fellow at the University of San Francisco, School of Education. He earned his M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park and B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.
  • Dr. Marquez has over seventeen years of experiencing building community support for policies affecting queer youth of color in schools and communities. In his dissertation, he examined the pedagogical practices and identity development of a group of Latina women known as Promotoras (or community health educators) who teach a LGBT workshop series in primarily Latina/o immigrant communities in Los Angeles. For the dissertation he explored how parents came to understand queer communities and how they learned to become allies to queer youth in their families, schools and communities.
  • His related interests include developing critical theories of race, gender and sexuality in education, schooling experiences of queer youth of color, community engagement and advocacy, law and education and critical pedagogy.


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