Dr. Brenda Rubio

Brenda RubioAssistant Professor

School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership
Educational Leadership and Administration
Phone: 575-646-2435
E-mail: brerubio@nmsu.edu


Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy (2018)
The University of Texas at Austin

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction (2012)
The University of Texas at Austin

B.S. in Biology (2007)
New Mexico State University


Dr. Brenda Rubio’s research and policy agenda focuses on the development of critically conscious educational leadership and community-district-university partnerships for additive transformational education. Among her current research, she examines Academia Cuauhtli as a learning space that promotes the curricular recognition of alternative epistemologies and the development of pedagogies that foster students’ culture, language, and funds of knowledge. Her work explores the impact of this additive, community anchored schooling space on the teachers themselves, their classroom practices, and their leadership development.

Her research experience in educational policy and practice covers the entire educational pipeline from elementary to higher education, including teacher preparation and medical education. She has primarily worked with K-12 schools and providers that serve diverse student populations, including schools located in rural border towns, indigenous pueblos, and Title 1 schools that primarily serve immigrant and refugee student populations. An essential part of her work as a participatory action researcher focuses on establishing collaborative partnerships across disciplines to leverage existing knowledge and expertise found within these communities.

Dr. Rubio is originally from the Paso del Norte area (Juarez-El Paso-Las Cruces) and a Santa Teresa High School, GISD, graduate. She is honored to have the opportunity to continue serving this area and the larger New Mexico community.