Roberto Santiago de Roock
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Affiliations Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
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  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, 00
  • Office Hours Virtual, by appointment
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Ethnography, Language and Linguistics, Discrimination and Inequality, Science and Technology, Teacher Education, Activism, Marxism
  • Courses EDUC 237: Qualitative Research Methods; EDUC 140: Language, Diversity, and Education; EDUC 166: Technology and Education

Summary of Expertise

Topics: learning sciences, digital literacy, urban education, student marginalization, BIPOC and immigrant students, critical sociocultural theory, intersectional Marxism, abolition, activism/social movements, Southeast Asia

Methodologies: ethnography, design-based research, critical (mediated/technocultural) discourse analysis, youth participatory action research

Research Interests

A former secondary school literature and digital literacy teacher, my research critically examines the nexus of literacy, technological change, and social justice for marginalized students in two interconnected domains: classroom and community-level ethnographic participatory research, and comparative international/neoliberal discourse and policy analysis. I examine and seek to optimize the uptake of digital media in diverse classroom and community ecologies, taking into account the politics of technology and its place within broader material realities of racialization, schooling, and neoliberal discourses of education reform. Primarily I do this through ethnographic design work, but also in pioneering critical digital discourse analysis and participatory methods. I am committed to harnessing technology for positive and collaborative social transformation, especially in collaborating with marginalized communities. I am joining UCSC after five years with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University and two years at Arizona State's Center for Games and Impact. 

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. Language, Reading, & Culture

University of Arizona, 2015

Advisor: Norma González

M.A. Language, Reading, & Culture

University of Arizona, 2007

Advisor: Luis Moll

B.A. History & Latin American Studies (dual degree)

University of Arizona, 2003