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Title: Professor
Department: School of Education

Office: E115b Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 4144
Email: krbruna@iastate.edu

Research interests

  • multiculturalism and multilingualism in schools and society
  • university-school-community partnerships
  • community engagement scholarship
  • education in demographically-transitioning communities
  • teacher education and professional development for cultural and linguistic diversity and equity
  • socio-academic identity formation for US Mexican youth
  • critical ethnography
  • discourse analysis
  • cultural studies of science education
  • autoethnography


Ph.D. -- Education, University of California, Davis. Davis,CA. September, 2002. Specialization in Sociocultural Studies with Designated Emphases in Critical & Feminist Theory.
Dissertation: Manufacturing Dissent: The New Economy of Power Relations in Multicultural Teacher Education.
M.A. -- Linguistics, University of California, Davis.  Davis, CA. 1994. Teaching English as a Second Language Specialization.
B.A. -- Hispanic Studies, Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, NY. 1988. Distinguished Thesis: El Realismo y El Naturalismo en La Regenta de Clar­in.

Professional experience

  • 08/2015-Present, Principal Investigator, Young Scientists, Ambitious Teachers Improving Health in an Urban Ecosystem, National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (R25OD020213)        
  • 01/2015-Present, Founding Director/Professor-in-Charge, ISU 4U Promise, Iowa State University       
  • 06/2009-Present, Associate Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University
  • 08/2003-06/2009, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University    
  • 01/2001-01/2003, Research Scientist, Evaluation of the California Professional Development Institutes for English Learners, Education and Human Development Division, American Institutes for Research, Palo Alto, CA.
  • 01/1997-01/1999, Field Experience Superviser, Teacher Education Program, University of California, Davis & Department of Bilingual and Multicultural Education, California State University, Sacramento01/1990-01/1991, Billingual Instructional Aide,  Elkhorn Village Elementary School, West Sacramento, California.
  • 01/1988-01/1989, Program Coordinator, Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University