University at Buffalo

Tim Monreal (he/him/his)

Tim Monreal

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Cultural Studies; Diversity; Immigrant Issues; Social Studies Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Social Justice; Qualitative Research Methods; Philosophy of Education; Sociology of Education

Contact Information
589 Baldy Hall
Phone: 716-645-5042

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 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 (and is deeply interested in diffusing this ridiculous binary of theory and practice). 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 my free time with my family.

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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:
  • 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;
  • State Doctoral Scholars Fellowship; Southern Region Education Board; 2019-06-03;
  • Dissertation Fellow; National Academy of Education/Spencer; 2019-05-13;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Monreal, T. (2022). “Here being in schools is worse”: How Latinx teachers navigate, recreate, and instigate hostile spaces in the U.S. South. Educational Studies, 58(1), 50–73.
  • 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.
  • Sinclair, K., Rodriguez, S. & Monreal, T. (2022). “We can be leaders”: Minoritized youths’ subjugated (civic) knowledges and social futures in two urban contexts. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
Book Chapter:
  • Monreal, T. (2022). “I feel like I am in-between. I am not from here or there. I don’t belong”: Using ecomaps to investigate the relational spaces of Latinx im/migrant teachers in South Carolina. In C. Magno, J. Lew, & S. Rodriguez (Eds.), (Re)Mapping migration and education: Methods, theory, and practice (pp. 13-37). Brill.
  • Monreal, T., & Tirado, J. (2022). Don’t call it The New (Latinx) South, estábamos aquí por años. In Y. Medina & M. Machado-Casas (Eds.), Critical Understandings of Latinx in Global Education (pp. 100–125). Brill.

Contact Information

589 Baldy Hall
Phone: 716-645-5042