Lorena Guillén, Ph.D.


UC Los Angeles

Lorena Guillén is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research and teaching interests center partnerships between teacher education programs and the students, families, and communities they serve. This research includes an attention to rethinking the curriculum and pedagogy of teacher education programs to include diverse epistemological theories and pedagogical frameworks. Her current work is part of a collective developing and studying the preparation of ethnic studies teachers within a teacher education program.

Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Guillén was a high school English Language Arts teacher, department chair, Puente instructor, and lead teacher for the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Academy at John Muir High School. As an ELA teacher, she helped create cross-curricular, project-based units of instruction, often centering family and community, through the Puente project. Dr. Guillén received her Ph.D. in Teacher Education from the University of Washington, Seattle.