Ali Borjian

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Ali Borjian is Professor of Education at San Francisco State University.  A Fulbright scholar, he has conducted research on cross national teacher education programs in Latin America.  In addition to working with teacher candidates in elementary education, Dr. Borjian teaches in the M.A. program in Language and Literacy and the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. His research interests include teacher education and context of learning for immigrant children and youth. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Borjian was an elementary school teacher.

Education Background:

  • Ph.D. in Language, Learning and Policy (Stanford University)

Selected Peer- Reviewed Publications:

Recent Journal Articles

  • Borjian, A., Muñoz de Cote, L. M., van Dijk, S., Houde, P. (2016). Transnational Children in Mexico: Context of Migration and Adaptation, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 42-54. DOI: 10.1080/15595692.2015.1084920
  • Borjian, A. (2015). Obstacles to Learning English in Mexico. CATESOL Journal, Volume 27, Issue 1, Pages 163-173.
  • Borjian, A. & Padilla A. (2010). Voices from Mexico:  How U.S. teachers can meet the needs of immigrant students. The Urban Review, Volume 42, Issue 4, Pages 316-328.

Recent Book Chapters

  • Borjian, A. (2015). Learning About Undocumented Students: Methodological and Practical Implications. In M. Lengeling and I. Mora Pablo (Eds.), Perspectives on Qualitative Research: Selection of articles from the Fifth International Qualitative Conference (pp. 469-485). Mexico: University of Guanajuato Press.
  • Borjian, A. (2015).  Linguistic Rights and the Realities of Transnational Students. Comunicación Social: Retos y Perspectivas, In Ruiz Miyares L., Muñoz Alvarado A., Álvarez Silva M. R., Pérez Joa Y. y Daileen Jackson Rodríguez (eds.), Comunicación Social: Retos y Perspectivas, pp. 31-33, Santiago de Cuba: Ediciones Centro de Lingüística Aplicada, ISBN: 978-959-7174-30-1.
  • Borjian, A. (2013).  Three Stories from the City: Interpretations and Analysis of Teaching and Learning, In M. Lengeling, I. Mora Pablo, & J. A. Shanahan (Eds.), Qualitative Research and Interpretation: Selection of articles from the Third International Qualitative Conference(pp. 325-349). Mexico: University of Guanajuato Press.

Courses Taught:


  • EED 701 Historical Foundations of Education
  • EED 737 Social Studies in Elemntary Classrooms
  • EED 749 Second Language Acquisition
  • EED 783 Learning Theories
  • EED 882 K-12 Literacy


  • EED 720 Research Practices in Language and Literacy
  • EED 763 Technology in Education
  • EED 869 Developing Reading and Writing


  • EDDL 920 Developing Academic Skills for ELLs

Current Projects:

  • Binational Research Between Mexican and U.S. Educators
  • Academically Successful Undocumented College Students: Cases of Resilience
  • Developing Culturally Responsive Teachers
  • Impact of Parents’ Deportation on Children
  • Bilingual Mexican Teachers