Carlos R. Casanova

Carlos R. Casanova

Carlos R. Casanova is an Assistant Professor of Education at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College at ASU. Carlos is a trained sociologist and social justice educator. He has nearly a decade of professional work experience with historically marginalized social groups in community-based organizations.  His main fields of interest are education and society with a focus on social justice, youth activism, healing, pedagogy and curriculum, power, privilege, and oppression.

Carlos is interested in (Un)documented Latinx youth ideology (e.g. ideas, attitudes, and beliefs) development. His focus is on ideologies promoted in public education and the impact they have on individual and social group behavior. He also explores how social practices critique, transform, and construct ideologies. His three-year critical ethnography dissertation in social and cultural studies of education is titled “(Un)documented Midwest Latinx youth resistance towards politics of immigration and education.” His research offers a critical youth development model and a pedagogy he calls, “humanizing pedagogy of knowledge and healing.”


  • Ph.D., Social and Cultural Studies of Education, Iowa State University, 2019
  • M.S., Sociology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2013
  • B.S., Family Studies and Sociology, Western Michigan University, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Casanova, R., C. & J. Cammarota, (2018). “You trying to make me feel stupid or something?”: Countering dehumanization of Latin@ youth through a liberating pedagogy of praxis,” Journal of Latinos and Education. Published online prior to print: