• About Me

  • Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama is an associate professor and department chair of Higher Education at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. Dr. Kiyama’s research examines the structures that shape educational opportunities for underserved groups through an asset-based lens to better understand the collective knowledge and resources drawn upon to confront, negotiate, and (re)shape such structures. Her research is organized in three interconnected areas: the role of parents and families; equity and power in educational research; and underserved groups as collective networks of change.

    Dr. Kiyama’s research on role of parents and families represents some of the only work to engage families across multiple educational pathways beginning in K-6 through the transition into college. Latina/o families specifically, constitute a central role in Dr. Kiyama’s research agenda. Her previous research explored the development of educational ideologies and college knowledge in Mexican American families. While at the University of Rochester, Dr. Kiyama partnered with the Ibero-American Action League, a community organization in Rochester, NY to examine the factors that promoted and the barriers that prohibited the successful transition of Latina/o students from the Rochester City School District into higher education.

    Dr. Kiyama’s current projects focus on the high school to college transition experiences of first-generation, and low-income, and families of color and their role in serving as sources of cultural support for their college-aged students. Dr. Kiyama is also partnering with the College Academy for Parents at the University of Arizona to explore how college ideologies and funds of knowledge develop over time for program participants. The recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education – Council on Ethnic Participation 2014 Mildred García Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award and named a 2011 Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association, Kiyama’s research has been published in the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, the Journal of Higher Education, and the Review of Higher Education.

  • Contact Me

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  • Professional Affiliations and National Service

    • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
    • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
    • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Curriculum Vitae 2019

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