I am Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego. A former bilingual teacher in Arizona when the state passed an English-only policy, I study how schools and school systems design for equity with a particular focus on the education of immigrant-origin and bilingual learners. I conduct mixed methods research that examines whether and how state and district policies are designed and implemented to promote asset-oriented, intellectually rigorous environments for students and their teachers. My scholarship aims to collaborate with leaders and policymakers in designing and implementing culturally and linguistically sustaining learning contexts.

In work  funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, the Spencer Foundation, and the W. T. Grant Foundation, I have examined how policies inform educators’ beliefs and practices, the networks that shape those beliefs, as well as the role of district and school leadership. My scholarship has appeared in several top-tier journals, including American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, and Journal of Teacher Education, and I co-edited the volumes Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies and School Integration Matters: Research-Based Strategies to Advance Equity (both Teachers College Press).

I received the 2012 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and was a 2016-2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. I am also 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.