Cynthia Baeza

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Cynthia Baeza is a third year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction Department with a focus on issues of race and language in Science and Bilingual Education. Her research interests lay on the intersection between science and bilingual teaching and learning for Latine bi/multilingual students. Cynthia hopes her research will contribute to the improvement of teacher preparation programs for pre- and in-service bilingual educators who will be serving bi/multilingual students. 

Cynthia joins the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a 7-year teaching experience in the Dallas Independent School District. She was a founding member of Solar Preparatory School for Girls in Dallas, TX where she served the roles of Dual Language Lead, Dual Language Teacher, and Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Chair. 


  • M.B.E. Master of Bilingual Education, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. 
  • B.I.S. Bilingual Education Generalist Eearly Childhood-6, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX. 
  • A.A. Associates of Arts in Teaching, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX. 

Awards and Honors:  

  • Graduate Student Research Grant, ODIF in the Graduate School, UW-Madison, 2022 
  • Top-Up Fellowship for Graduate Students in Science & Technology Studies (STS), Holtz Center, 2021-2023 
  • Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) Graduate Research Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2020-2024 
  • Education Graduate Research Scholars (Ed-GRS) Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2020-2024 
  • International Research and Training Grant, Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), 2020 
  • Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship, Southern Methodist University, 2014-2016 


  • Román, D., Castro, M., Baeza, C., Knab, R., Huss-Lederman, S., & Chacon, M. (2021). Resilience, collaboration, and agency: Galapagos teachers confronting the disruption of COVID-19. 


Selected Conference Presentations: 

  • Kirchgasler, K. & Baeza, C. (April, 2022). Raciolinguistic Distinctions in U.S. Science Education: A century of Dividing “Potential Scientists” from “Not-yet-healthy Citizens.” AERA Annual Meeting – San Diego, CA. 
  • Kirchgasler, K. & Baeza, C. (March, 2022). Language-as-Race: Segregated Science Education and Why It Matters for Efforts to Include ‘English Learners’ Today. NARST International Conference-Vancouver, BC Canada. 
  • Román, D., Baeza, C., Ward, K., Sawyer, R. (April, 2021). Whose Spanish in the Classroom? A Historical Analysis of Spanish Varieties Taught in U.S. Schools. Paper Presentation at the AERA Annual Meeting (virtual). 
  • Kirchgasler, K. & Baeza, C. (January, 2021). The Hygienic Language of Science: Historicizing U.S. Science Education as Productive of Raciolinguistic Distinctions. Paper Presentation at the SEEDS Conference (virtual). 

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