My research examines how social and educational inequalities are reproduced, challenged and transformed in and through U.S. public education. Within this broad area of interest, my work focuses on issues related to racial justice in urban education. I have explored these issues through a variety of distinct projects: an ethnographic study of youth identity at an urban alternative high school; a testimonial coauthoring project with undocumented college students; and participatory-ethnographic research on Latino parent and youth organizing in Los Angeles. Cutting across these projects, the central theme of my work is an examination of how educational policies, practices, and discourses shape opportunities and identities for underserved urban youth and communities. My approach to these topics is informed by the scholarly traditions of critical social theory (including critical race, feminist, and cultural Marxist theories and women of color feminisms), the anthropology of education, and the anthropology of public policy.