Ruchi Rangnath

Ruchi Rangnath

Associate Professor

Program Coordinator
Full-Time Faculty
Education 304e


Professor Ruchi Rangnath received a doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Bay Area native and has taught in elementary schools across San Jose and New York City. Her research focuses on critical literacy, humanizing practices, ethnic studies, and social justice teaching and learning in elementary classrooms.

Her recent books include, Planting the Seed of Equity: Ethnic Studies and Social Justice in the K-2 Classroom, Preparing to Teach Social Studies for Social Justice: Becoming a Renegade, and Social Studies, Literacy, and Social Justice in the Common Core Classrooms: A Guide for Teachers. She has also published numerous articles in journals such as Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Teacher Education, Urban Education, and Multiple Perspectives. She is a founding member of the California Alliance of Researchers in Education (CARE-ED) and founding member and vice-president of the National Association of Multicultural Education, California Chapter.

Research Areas

  • Social studies and literacy education
  • Critical literacy
  • Equitable teaching practices
  • Social justice teaching and learning


  • EdD, Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.Ed. Teaching, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA Sociology University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected Publications

  • Agarwal-Rangnath, R. (2022) Social studies, literacy, and social justice: A Guide for Teachers (2nd edition). Teachers College Press.
  • Hsieh, B., Yeh, C., Yu, J., Agarwal-Rangnath, R. (2022). Love on the front lines: Asian American MotherScholars resisting dehumanizing contexts through humanizing collectivity. Peabody Journal of Education. (1-14)
  • Ayers, R., Agarwal-Rangnath, R., & Henning, M. (2022). Dismantling structural racism in teacher education: Identifying the invisible barriers to diversifying the teacher pipeline. CCTE Spring 2022 Research Monograph. (1-8).
  • Agarwal-Rangnath, R. (2021). Teaching for Social Justice in Early Childhood Classrooms: Developing Humanizing and Critical Spaces for Young Children. Multicultural Perspectives, 23(4), 197-205.
  • Agarwal-Rangnath, R. (2020). Planting a seed: Teaching for equity and social justice in early childhood classrooms. Teachers College Press. 
  • Agarwal-Rangnath, R., Dover, A., Henning, N. (2016). Preparing to teach social studies for social justice: Becoming a renegade. Teachers College Press.