About

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I am Assistant Professor of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego. A former bilingual teacher in Arizona when the state passed an English-only law, I am concerned with developing and implementing policies that support equitable educational opportunities for bilingual learners, and that foster teacher capacity to build on students’ cultural and linguistic assets.

Drawing on organizational sociology, my research explores how to transform education systems to support teacher learning and development in contexts undergoing demographic and/or policy change. Much of my current work uses mixed methods, including social network analysis, to examine how formal policies and organizational structures, as well as school norms and individual beliefs, shape teachers’ opportunities to learn within and between education systems.

In 2016, I was named a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, for a project entitled, “Exploring teacher learning in new immigrant destinations: Policy and practice implications.” In 2012, I received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. I am a member and fellow of the Working Group on ELL Policy.

I completed my Ph.D. in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. I also hold a Master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Indiana University.

Please see my list of projects, and contact me should you have interest in research opportunities: mbhopkins@ucsd.edu.

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