Patrick Camangian

Patrick Camangian



Patrick Camangian, PhD is a professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco. Patrick’s interdisciplinary research on humanizing education intersects critical and culturally relevant pedagogy, critical literacy, and health science research. Patrick pursues these areas of research to improve teacher quality, capacity, and retention, as well as to inform policies and practices impacting urban schools and communities. He has been working in schools since 1997, continuing in the tradition of teacher action research, applying cutting-edge pedagogies in schools, and more recently, informing district-wide policy and practice through social design research and collaborations in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • Urban Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Literacy
  • Critical Wellness
  • Teacher Quality, Capacity, and Retention

Research Areas

  • Critical and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Social Transformation through Education
  • Humanization through Education
  • Health Science Research in Education
  • Critical Qualitative, Action, and Social Design-based Experiment Research


  • Project Lead, California Educator Preparation Innovation Collaborative (CalEPIC) at USF, 2021-Present
  • Teacher Education Department Chair, 2018-2021
  • Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice (MAT: UESJ), 2016–2018
  • Associate Professor (Tenured), 2014-2021
  • Assistant Professor, 2008-2014


  • UCLA, PhD in Urban Schooling, 2009
  • CSULA, BA in Communication Studies & English Education, 1999

Prior Experience

  • Scholar Advisor & Co-Chair, Humanization Professional Learning Community & Equity Studies Professional Learning Community: San Francisco Unified School District, 2018-Present
  • Visiting Professor, University of California at Los Angeles, Vice Provost Initiative for Pre-College (VIP) Scholars Program, 2014-Present
  • Secondary English Teacher and Program Co-Director, East Oakland Step-to-College: Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA, 2009-2016
  • Secondary English Teacher, Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles, CA, 1999-2007
  • Elementary Teaching Assistant (Paraeducator), Van Ness Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Community Distinguished Research Award, 2022
  • University of San Francisco Community Engaged Learning Faculty Award, 2020
  • American Education Research Association, Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Scholar Activist Award, 2016
  • University of San Francisco Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011
  • American Education Research Association, Curriculum Studies Dissertation of the Year Award, 2011
  • Most Inspirational Teacher Award, City of Los Angeles (mayoral recognition), 2006

Selected Publications

  • Camangian, P. R. & Stovall, D. (2022). Bang on the System: People’s Praxis and Pedagogy as Humanizing Violence. Urban Education.
  • Camangian, P. R. (2022). Loving (Lumpen) Masculinities: Teaching to Transform Heteropatriarchy, Toxic Masculinity, and Urban Misogyny. Equity & Excellence in Education, 54(3), 345-358.
  • Camangian, P. R., Philoxene, D. A., & Stovall, D. O. (2021). Upsetting the (Schooling) set up: autoethnography as critical race methodology. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 1-15.
  • Camangian, P. R. (2021). Let’s Break Free: Education in Our Own Image, Voice, and Interests. Equity & Excellence in Education, 54(1), 28-38.
  • Camangian, P. R. & Cariaga, S. (2021). Social and emotional learning is hegemonic miseducation: students deserve humanization instead. Race Ethnicity and Education, 1-21.