Profile: Sarah Gallo

Associate Professor

Sarah Gallo (she/her/hers) is an associate professor of Language Education and Urban Social Justice Education at Rutgers University. Her research has brought attention to the ways that undocumented status shapes the educational lives of elementary school-aged children, their families, and their teachers on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border. Her scholarship has been supported by Fulbright, The National Academy of Education, and the Spencer Foundation and appears in journals such as American Educational Research Journal and Teachers College Record. She is author of Mi Padre: Mexican Immigrant Fathers and their Children’s Education (Teachers College Press, 2017).


Ph.D. Education – The University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Spanish / Environmental Studies – Bowdoin College


Expertise & Research Interest


English and Spanish

Recent & Selected Publications

Dreby, J., Gallo, S., Silveira, F., & Adams Corral, M. (Forthcoming). “Nací Allá: Meanings of U.S. Citizenship for Young Children of Return Migrants to Mexico.” Manuscript accepted for publication with Harvard Educational Review.

Gallo, S. & Ortiz, A. (2020). Broaching unauthorized (im)migration in Mexican primary schools. Teachers College Record, 122(8).

Gallo, S., & Dabkoswki, M. (2018). The Permanence of departure: Young Mexican immigrant students’ discursive negotiations of imagined childhoods allá. Linguistics and Education, 45, 92-100.

Gallo, S. (2017). Mi Padre: Mexican immigrant fathers and their children’s education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. Refereed Journal Articles

Link, H., Gallo, S., & Wortham, S. (2017). The production of schoolchildren as Enlightenment subjects. American Educational Research Journal, 54(5), 834-867.

Gallo, S. & Hornberger, N. H. (2017). Immigration policy as language policy: Mexican families’ decision-making in search of biliteracy for their children. International Journal of Bilingualism, 21(2), 1 – 14.

Gallo, S. (2016). Humor in father-daughter immigration narratives of resistance. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 47(3), 279-296.

Gallo, S. & Link, H. (2015). “Diles la verdad”: Deportation policies, politicized funds of knowledge, and schooling in middle childhood. Special Issue Dissolving Boundaries: Understanding Undocumented Students’ Educational Experiences, Harvard Educational Review, 85 (3), 357-382.

Gallo, S. (2014). The effects of gendered immigration enforcement on middle childhood and schooling. American Educational Research Journal, 51 (3), 473 - 504.

Honors & Awards

2018 – 2020 Co-Principal Investigator, National Geographic, “Ethnographic Mosaic of Migrant Children Experiences in the Americas” : Valentina Glockner, PI

2017 – 2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Recipient: National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation

2016 Fulbright Recipient: U.S. Scholar Grant for Mexico

2015 – 2016 Faculty Fellow, Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

2011 – 2012 Dissertation Fellowship Recipient, National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundations

2011 Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant in Cultural Anthropology

Professional Affiliations

Member: The American Education Research Association, Division G- Social Context of Education, Bilingual Education SIG

The American Anthropological Association,The Council of Anthropology and Education




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    Graduate School of Education
    Department of Learning & Teaching
    10 Seminary Place
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901