Rose Ann Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Equity and Diversity in Education
Rose Ann Gutierrez


Rose Ann Rico Eborda Gutierrez’s research is informed by a Pinay epistemology and positionality as a 1.5-generation immigrant, first-generation college student, and the only daughter of working-class Filipino immigrants. Her critical analytical lens as a race scholar in education undergirds her resolve to improve the conditions and opportunities of historically oppressed communities across the lifespan through educational research and practice. Her broader research agenda examines the relationship between knowledge, race, and social transformation in higher education contexts. She seeks to understand how racial inequities in education are preserved at the intersection of and in relationship with other systems of oppression, how students navigate these systems using embodied epistemologies, and what the role higher education institutions play in shaping student pathways and outcomes across P-20. She focuses on low-income, immigrant, immigrant-origin, undocumented, and first-generation Students of Color, and more specifically, Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Her interdisciplinary research about racial equity in education and intersectional justice is anchored by critical theories and critical qualitative methodologies. She has published in Educational Researcher, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Community College Review.

Gutierrez was a former middle school teacher in Miami, Florida, and was recognized by her school as Rookie Teacher of the Year in her second year of teaching. She has also worked in higher education as a student affairs practitioner in Seattle, Washington. She has consistently been engaged within her local community with her involvement in Filipino American National Historical Society-Hampton Roads as former chapter secretary in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. as summit co-director and facilitator of community intergenerational dialogues in Seattle, Washington; and Southern California AANHPI Educators as a summit co-organizer in Los Angeles, California.

Select publications

Gutierrez, R. A. E., Piñon, H., & Valmocena, M. T. (2023). Co-creating knowledge with undocumented Filipino students: Kuwentuhan as a research method. New Directions for Higher Education2023(203), 77-92.

Gutierrez, R. A. E., Sonsteng-Person, M., King-Shaw, S., & Valmocena, M. T. (2023). For the institution or for the community?: Towards an anti-oppressive research praxis in conducting participatory action research. Journal of Community Practice, 31(3-4), 284-296.

Gutierrez, R. A. E. (2023). Undocumented Asian America. In T. DelaRosa, Teaching the invisible race: Embodying a pro-Asian American lens in schools (pp. 97-109). Jossey-Bass.

Teranishi, R. T., Gutierrez, R. A. E., & Le, A. (2023). Asian American faculty discrimination: Why does it matter?  In K. Lomotey & W. A. Smith (Eds.), The racial crises in American higher education (3rd ed.) (pp. 239-258). SUNY Press.

Teranishi, R. T., Gutierrez, R. A. E., Gogue, D. T-L., Le, A., & Hafoka, 'I. (2023). Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in higher education: A collection of campus research to inform student success. The Institute of Immigration, Globalization, and Education and APIA Scholars.

Nguyen, T-H., Gutierrez, R. A. E., & Smith, J. (2022). Evaluating on-line resources: How community college students in STEM sort and select material on the Internet. Community College Review, 50(3), 292-315.

Nguyen, B. M. D., Nguyen, T-H., Gutierrez, R. A. E., Kurland, W. N., & Lee, N. W. K. S. (2022). Institutional pathfinders: Key lessons from program directors of AANAPISI grant-funded projects. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 15(5), 596-606.

Teranishi, R. T., Gutierrez, R. A. E., & Le, A. (2022). Anti-Asian racism in the COVID era: Implications for higher education. In M. Bonous-Hammarth (Ed.), Bridging marginality through inclusive higher education (pp. 43-54). Palgrave Macmillan.

Gutierrez, R. A. E., Le, A., & Teranishi, R. T. (2021). A racial reckoning: Anti-Asian racism and exclusion in higher education. The Education Trust West and the Campaign for College Opportunity.

Nguyen, M. H., Chang, C. Y., Kim, V., Gutierrez, R. A. E., Le, A., Dumas, D., & Teranishi, R. T. (2020). Asian Americans, admissions, and college choice: An empirical test of claims of harm used in federal investigations. Educational Researcher, 49(8), 579-594.

Gutierrez, R. A. E. (2019) Living liminal: Conceptualizing liminality for undocumented students of color. In D. Mitchell, Jr., J. Marie, & T. Steele (Eds.), Intersectionality and higher education: Theory, research, and practice (2nd ed.). Peter Lang Publishing.

Teranishi, R. T., Le, A., Gutierrez, R. A. E., Venturanza, R., Hafoka, ‘I., Gogue, D. T-L., & Uluave, L. (2019). Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in higher education: A call to action. APIA Scholars and the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education.


  • EDUC 413/613 - Education for a Changing World
  • EDUC 751 - Social Justice and Education


  • Ph.D., Social Sciences and Comparative Education Specializing in Race and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Student Development Administration, Seattle University
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Richmond