Cristina Lash, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Cristina Lash is an assistant professor of K-12 Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on issues of equity and inclusion within ethnically and linguistically diverse schools. Utilizing critical social theory and ethnographic research methods, Lash investigates how educational leaders can create school environments that help underserved and marginalized students feel they belong in school and in the nation. 

Lash received her Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specialized in sociology of education and critical studies in race, ethnicity, and language in education. Her latest research includes a comparative ethnographic study of how middle schools teach students American identity in the context of ongoing immigration and rising national diversity. In recognition of the merits of her research to the field of sociology of education, Lash was awarded the prestigious National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Her scholarship has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and Education and Urban Society.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Stanford University
  • M.A. University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. Stanford University