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About Katherine R. Bruna

Before beginning my graduate studies, and drawing upon interests I developed in Spanish language and culture from living abroad in Costa Rica and Spain, I worked as a bilingual instructional aide in a second-grade classroom as well as in adult education settings serving the Mexican immigrant community in and around Sacramento, California. My postdoctoral work at the American Institutes for Research involved evaluating a statewide professional development institute for teachers of speakers of English as a second or additional language. This evaluation work brought me into California classrooms across all K-12 grade levels and subject areas to observe instruction intended to integrate content teaching with language development practices. From this experience, I developed a particular interest in science teachers’ understandings of culturally- and linguistically-responsive pedagogy.


Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University School of Education

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Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Leaders Academy, Iowa State University, 2015
  • Faculty Award for Diversity Enhancement, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, 2015
  • Senior Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute for Career and College Readiness, Boston University, 2015-2018

Contact Information

Iowa State University
E115C Lagomarcino Hall


Peer-Reviewed Articles (8)

Conference Proceedings (2)

Technical Reports (1)