Gabriel T. Acevedo (Gabe) is an Assistant Professor in English Education in the English Department at Arizona State University. His identities as a Latinx, Bilingual, and Queer educator in Puerto Rico and the United States inform his research. He utilizes critical and social justice frameworks, along with qualitative methodologies, to interact with and understand the world around him. Acevedo is fascinated by the expansive possibilities that diversity and social issues bring to conversations in the classroom, especially in English Language Arts and Teacher Preparation. He is ever curious to understand how such conversations help in attempts to make sense of each other, as teachers, and as students. In his teaching and research, Dr. Acevedo seeks to advocate for positive change among educators.
Gabe was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He did his Bachelor's in English Secondary & Elementary Education with Multimedia Technology and a minor in Theater at the University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Campus. Also, he did his Master's in English Education at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus. He taught English Language Arts, English as a Second Language and Theater in elementary and secondary levels while also addressing significant social issues with his students. He got his Doctoral degree at Penn State University in Curriculum & Instruction - Language, Culture, & Society. His dissertation explored masculinity, machismo, and sexual identity in gay teachers in Puerto Rico and how those identities intersect with their teaching.
Acevedo prides himself on having interdisciplinary interests when it comes to teaching and research. He has done work in Teacher Education, Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Queer Studies, Pop-Culture, Multimodal Literacies, Masculinity Studies, and others. He places all of these interests under the bigger umbrella of education as well as utilizing pedagogical lenses and experiences in order to bring tools into the classroom and expand on much-needed conversations about class, gender, sexuality, teaching practices, and more.