University at Buffalo

Tim Monreal (he/him/his)

Tim Monreal

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Cultural Studies; Critical Policy Analysis; Diversity; Educational technology; Educator Preparation; Immigrant Issues; Social Studies Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice; Philosophy of Education; Qualitative Research Methods; Sociology of Education

Professional Summary:

Tim is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction at The University at Buffalo. Tim earned his PhD in Foundations of Education at the University of South Carolina in 2020. Tim embraces an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. His research broadly asks how (self) knowledge about Latinx is created and reproduced (in schools). More specifically, he is interested in the intersection of space/place on Latinx teacher identity and subjectivity, and the teaching of Latinx history and content in social studies education. Tim increasingly uses (and develops) post-structural, post-humanist, and (relational) spatial theories and method(ologies) to understand and nuance these concepts.

His work has appeared in journals such as Race, Ethnicity, and Education; Theory and Research in Urban Education; Educational Studies; Latino Studies; Educational Policy; Urban Review; Journal of Latinos and Education; Current Issues in Comparative Education; and The Middle Grades Review. He is the recipient of the AERA's Latino/a/x Research Issues SIG Best Dissertation award, a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Fellowship, and the 2018 Doctoral Student of the Year in Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is a research fellow with the Latinx Research Center at Santa Clara University and the Communication Director for the American Education Studies Association.

He was previously a middle school (mostly social studies) teacher for 11 years. He was proudly born and raised in the Central Valley of California, is the eldest of 9 brothers and sisters, and now dad to three girls. He enjoys spending free time with his family.

Education and Training:
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, Social Foundations of Education (2020)
  • Master of Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Secondary Education (2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara, Political Science (2008)
Awards and Honors:
  • Semi-Finalist: National Academy of Education/Spencer PostDoctoral Fellowship; National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation; 2023-05-01;
  • 2023-2024 EDJI Fellow; UB Graduate School of Education; 2023-05-01;
  • Research Fellow; Latinx Research Hub, Santa Clara University; 2022-08-28;
  • Outstanding Equity/Justice Dissertation Award; University of South Carolina; 2021-05-01;
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award; American Educational Research Association, Latinx/a/o Research SIG; 2021-04-10;
Recent Publications:
Edited Book:
  • Varga, B., Monreal, T., & Christ, R. (2023, May). Be(com)ing Strange(r): Towards a Posthuman Social Studies. Teachers College Press.
Journal Article:
  • Monreal, T. (2024). “No me dejaran ir porque they needed me here”: Spatializing corrective representatives by critiquing. Race Ethnicity and Education.
  • Monreal, T., Patiño-Longoria, F., & Herrera, M. (2023). Intergenerational Pla´ticas as Ethnic Studies Freedom Dreaming in Kern County. Ethnic Studies Pedagogies Journal, 1(1), 48-61.
  • Monreal, T., & Popielarz, K. E. (2022). Teaching for spatial justice: A framework for social studies educators. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, 10(2), 34–43.
Book Chapter:
  • Monreal, T., & Tirado, J. (2023). “The (Self/Re)generating Sacred Energy Called Teotl”: Using Nahua Philosophy to Introduce Posthumanist Thinking. In B. Varga, T. Monreal, & R. Christ (Eds.), Toward a Stranger and More Posthuman Social Studies (pp. 139-148). Teachers College Press.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Monreal, T. (2022, September). Stitching together more expansive Latinx teacher(researcher) self/ves: Rasquache and my journey to/through the academy. Virtual Roundtable in Urban Education. University of North Carolina-Charlotte.;
  • Monreal, T. (2023, May). Reveling with/in Rasquachismx: Centering student and teacher movidas to survive and thrive in educational spaces. Seattle Pacific University.;
  • Patron-Vargas, J. & Monreal, T. (2023, November). Haciendo Rendir: Using a Rasquache Lens to (Re)shape, (Re)mix, and Resist Academia Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Louisville, KY.;
  • Monreal, T, Sinclair, K., & Popielarz, K. (2022). Advancing a Spatial Justice Vision and Framework for Social Studies Education Research. Paper presented at the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) annual meeting.;
  • Monreal, T. & Tirado, J. (2022). Bringing Latinx Histories to Your Classroom with Media. Paper presented at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual meeting.;
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board, Educational Studies
Professional Service:
  • Proposal Reviewer, American Educational Studies Association (AESA) annual meeting Proposal Reviewer, American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting Proposal Reviewer, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual meeting Proposal Reviewer, College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) annual meeting
  • American Educational Studies Association, Executive Board - Communications Chair