Bracho, Christian


Christian Bracho
  • PhD, International Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University (in progress)
  • M.S., Secondary English Curriculum, Warner School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester (2000)
  • B.A. English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Rochester (1999)
Part-Time Education Studies Faculty

My work examines the relationship between teachers, nations, and social change. In my current project, I look at how teachers lead and mobilize social change movements in Oaxaca, Mexico, using extensive interviews to understand the meaning of teachers’ work and activism there. My ultimate goal is to show the roles teachers perform in a variety of social contexts around the world; Mexico is thus an important case study, given the powerful role of teachers in developing the nation in the post-Revolution period. In that vein, I am interested in teachers as mediators of nationalism: how do teachers’ speech, actions, and performances operate as mechanisms for reproducing or transforming meanings about the nation and nationhood?

In another project, I explore how teachers operate as models of nonviolence in their classrooms and communities. Through my work with the Ahimsa Center for Nonviolence and Social Change at Cal Poly Pomona, I help train K-12 educators from all over the United States in the tenets of nonviolence as promulgated by such actors as Gandhi, King, and Cesar Chavez. Through the development of curriculum and the adoption of pedagogical strategies, teachers learn to “create change” locally, with their immediate spheres of influence. As in my primary project, my interest is in understanding the multifaceted roles teachers perform as they go about their everyday work in schools and communities. In this case, how can teachers promote peace and create a culture of nonviolence, as advocated by UNESCO and other international agencies? What do teachers need to do- or know how to do- in order to create nonviolent social change?
Courses Taught:


  • International and Comparative Education
  • Teachers as Social Agents
  • Immigration, Education, and the American Dream
  • History of American Education
  • Comparative Studies of Socialization
Recent Publications:
  • Bracho, C. Milner, M., Srivastava, V. et al. (forthcoming). “Gandhian Wisdom in the Classroom.” in Sethia, T. The Wisdom of Nonviolence: Proceedings from an International Conference. New Delhi: Penguin India.
  • Miller-Idriss, C. and Bracho, C. (2011) Oxford Bibliographies Online:Nationalism. New York: Oxford University Press. <>

Research Interests:
  • Teacher Identity
  • Nationalism
  • Teaching as Performance
  • Peace and Nonviolence Education
  • Teacher Activism
  • Teacher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Social Movements
Professional Affiliations:
  •  Comparative and International Education Society (Member)
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • May 2011 - Panel: Social Movements in Schools - Teacher Activists in Oaxaca, Mexico.
    Presented at the Comparative and International Education Conference, Montreal, Canada
  • May 2011 - Panel: Internationalization of Higher Education - Mapping the World and Organizing It: Findings from the Faculty Affiliations Project. Presented at the Comparative and International Education Conference, Montreal, Canada
  • October 2009 - Panel: Empowering Teaching and Learning.
    Presented at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • October 2009 - Panel: Curriculum, Culture, and Society: The Role of Teachers -Re-Imagining the Nation: How Teachers Mediate National Identity in Everyday Classroom Conversations. Presented at the Northeast Regional Comparative and International Education Society Conference at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
  • February 2009 - ¡Estamos Hartos!: Teachers, Resistance and Social Movement in Oaxaca.
    Presented at the Fourth Annual Student Conference on International Education at New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York, New York
  • October 2008 -  K-12 Teacher Panel: Gandhi, Nonviolence and the 21st Century Curriculum.
    Presented at the Hamilton and Denise Brewart International Conference on Nonviolence at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • April 2006 -  Putting the Spirit Back in the Classroom: Teaching Nonviolence through African-American Spirituals.
    Presented at the Meera and Jasvant Modi International Conference on Nonviolence: Ahimsa and the Quality of Life, at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 
  • April 2004 - Panel: Coatlicue Shakes her Skirt. Presented at the National Association of Chicano/Chicana Studies (NACCS) Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Awards and Honors:
  • Shearwater Doctoral Research Grant - Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. New York University (2010, 2011)
  • Steinhardt Founders’ Fellowship - Recipient of Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Doctoral Study Fellowship. New York University (2008-2011) 
  • Dean’s Grant for Doctoral Research - Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. New York University (2010)
  • Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Scholar - Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, sponsored by Institute of International Education. Tokyo, Okinawa, Miyako-jima (2006)
  • Teacher Fellow - Ahimsa Center Institute for K-12 Educators: “Nonviolence and Social Change,” California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA (2005)
  • Fifth Year in Teaching Fellow - University of Rochester, Margaret S. Warner School of Education and Human Development (1999-2000)

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