My research focuses on school leadership, crisis leadership, education reform policy in marginalized communities. 
I use post-colonial and liberatory theoretical frameworks.

Principals and Equity

With experience as an elementary school principal, Dr. Patricia has a research focus on school leadership and principal preparation.

Crisis Leadership

In regards to the current COVID-19 pandemic and education, Dr. Patricia is studying how principals are responding to COVID, and how qualitative researchers interview participants who experienced crisis.

Puerto Rico

As an Afro-Boriqueña, Dr. Patricia also researches educational leadership and policy in Puerto Rico. Her dissertation critically examines “Ley de Reforma Educativa de Puerto Rico.”

Paolo Fiere and Leadership

Patricia applies Paulo Freire’s ideas from his 1968 book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” to the present day education reform in Puerto Rico in the newly released book “Reinventing Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Contemporary Critical Perspectives.”

Funded Grants

Educating Leadership for Equity and Social Justice and Paterson Public Schools – $43,500 (2022)

Computer Science Standards Program grant – Co-Principal Investigator -$333,333 (2022)

Computer Science Education Hub grant – Co-Principal Investigator – $333,335 (2022)

FY2023 SGPD award $4,000

“Disrupting Inequity: From Equity Audits to Equity-Oriented Transformation”
– CEHS Faculty Research Award $996 (Summer 2022_

2020 AERA Division A Foster-Polite Travel Scholarship – Awarded $500

2020 AERA Leadership for Social Justice SIG Travel Scholarship – Awarded $500

New York State Department of Education and My Brother’s Keeper – Teacher Opportunity Core
– Awarded $659,000 (2015 – 2020)