Dr. Gonzalez Ybarra’s schooling experiences, and those of her family, guided her to research the rich language, literacies, and knowledge of Chicanx/Latinx communities that often go unseen and/or erased in k-12 classrooms and beyond. Specifically, she looks at the powerful practices of teaching and learning that exist in community spaces and how Chicanx/Latinx bilingual youth, in particular, draw on their home, family, and community knowledge to navigate their sociopolitical worlds. Dr. Gonzalez Ybarra has been privileged to work with young people across various communities in Illinois, Utah, Colorado, and Texas. Her teaching and work with bilingual pre-service and in-service teachers seeks to create opportunities for transformative educational experiences both in and outside of the classroom. She is committed to working with educators, students, and community members to collectively to re-imagine and build educational spaces and opportunities for youth and communities of color.

Dr. Gonzalez Ybarra is a proud University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumni. She graduated as a double-major in Latina/Latino Studies and Spanish in 2011. She then earned her masters degree from the University of Utah in 2013 and doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. She is a former Cultivating New Voices Fellow through the National Council of Teachers of English and was a recipient of the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship.

Awards, Honors, Associations

Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Award School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder, 2018 - 2018

Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color National Council of Teachers of English, 2016 - 2016

Community, Youth, and Environments Award CU Engage, University of Colorado Boulder, 2016 - 2016


Gonzalez Ybarra , M. (2018). “Since when have people illegal”: Mixed Status Youth Reflections in Nepantla. Latino Studies Journal, 16 (4), 503-523.

Gaxiola Serrano , T., Gonzalez Ybarra , M., & Delgado Bernal , D. (2017). “Defend yourself with words, with the knowledge you’ve gained”: An Exploration of Conocimiento among Latina Undergraduates in Ethnic Studies. Journal of Latinos and Education, 18 (3), 243-257.

DeNicolo , C., & Gonzalez, M. (2015). Testimoniando en Nepantla: Using Testimonio as a Pedagogical Tool for Exploring Embodied Literacies and Bilingualism. Journal of Language, Literacy, and Education, 11 (1), 109-126.

DeNicolo, C., Gonzalez Ybarra , M., Morales , S., & Romani , L. (2015). Teaching Through Testimonio: Writing Personal Narratives in a Third Grade Classroom. Journal of Latinos and Education, 14 (4), 228-243.


Lang Varieties,Cult,& Learning (CI 415) For students in the early childhood, elementary and middle grades licensure programs. Introduces students to issues related to first- and second-language development, cultural diversity, and language variation. Addresses the above issues in terms of teaching and learning and serves as a base for subsequent courses that will extend these issues in the content areas.

Gonzalez Ybarra, Monica

Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction



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1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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