Edward L. Watson


About Edward

Edward is a Doctoral Candidate (2021) in the Department of Sociology at University of California – Irvine.

Areas of Specialization

Race and Ethnicity; Multicultural Education; Pedagogical Technique; Middle-Class African-Americans; Research Methods; Language and Culture


I love teaching!! My teaching experience spans a wide variety of subjects and student populations. As an instructor I bring innovation to the classroom, directly inspired by my students, their feedback, and achievement. I redesign courses to center Black voices and experiences. My pedagogical objectives are rooted in strengthening student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and student-to-society, interactions.  


I analyze the ways that racio-linguistic ideologies continue to be reproduced within contemporary bilingual education policies and practices. To do this, I examine Dual Language Immersion Programs through parent, student, and administrator perspectives. I focus on “one-way” immersion programs that act as a strand of traditional English-only elementary schools. One-way programs cater to students that speak English as their first language. By focusing on native English speakers, my research problematizes the complicated realities of race, privilege, and power, found in bilingual education.


As a University Pedagogical Fellow, I have trained graduate student teaching assistants to be effective leaders in the classroom. This includes workshops related to diversity and inclusion, universal course design, online learning, and more! I also strengthen community partnerships between language immersion schools and underrepresented populations.