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Lorena Guillén

Assistant Professor
Lorena Guillén

Moore Hall 3123
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

Lorena Guillén
Assistant Professor

Guillén's research and teaching interests are focused on partnerships between teacher education programs and the students, families, and communities they serve. In working towards modeling more democratic, less hierarchical teacher education programs, she is interested in:

  • Community-based teacher education programs working towards social transformation
  • Pre-service teacher learning, particularly teachers of Color, and their conceptualization of the work of teaching
  • The intersection of learning theories, critical pedagogies, and the history of schooling as a space for both reproduction and revolution

This research includes an attention to rethinking the curriculum and pedagogy of teacher education programs to include diverse epistemological theories and pedagogical frameworks. Shifting these lenses has implications for the work of culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining pedagogies in both K-12 classrooms and teacher education programs.



  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington
  • M.A.T., Secondary English Language Arts, Brown University
  • B.A., English, Stanford University

Select Publications

  • Guillén, L., Gimenes, C., & Zeichner, K. (2016). Teacher education for educational and social transformation. In J. Loughran & M.L. Hamilton (Eds.), International handbook of teacher education, Vol. 2, pp. 239-272. Singapore: Springer Singapore.
  • Zeichner, K., Bowman, M., Guillén, L. & Napolitan, K. (2016). Engaging and working in solidarity with local communities in preparing the teachers of their children. Journal of Teacher Education, 67(4), 277-290.