Associate Professor Amber Gonzalez, an alumna of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, has been given tenure by the Department of Child Development at California State University Sacramento. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. (2013) in Child and Adolescent Development from the Department of Education at UCSB.
Her teaching focuses on Cross-Cultural Development and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods for undergraduate and graduate students. Her research examines how institutional characteristics influence academic, professional, and personal outcomes for Latina/o students through (or across) the P20 educational pipeline. More specifically, her research explores how Latina/o students develop their aspirations and expectations to pursue graduate education. Beyond research and teaching, Gonzalez actively engages in supporting Latina/o students’ aspirations to pursue graduate education. She has developed and implemented a workshop series to demystify graduate school and the application process for those Latina/o students pursuing that path. In 2017 she was named one of Sacramento State’s Women of Influence.