Rebecca Tarlau

Rebecca Tarlau

Assistant Professor of Education and Labor & Employment Relations


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  1. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
  2. M.A. University of California, Berkeley
  3. B.A. University of Michigan

Research Interests:

Teachers unions, education, labor education, social movements, popular education, Paulo Freire, political sociology


Rebecca Tarlau is an Assistant Professor of Education and Labor and Employment Relations and is affiliated with the Center for Global Workers’ Rights. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from the University of California Berkeley. Her ethnographic research agenda has three broad areas of focus: (1) Theories of the State and State-Society Relations; (2) Social movements, Labor Education, and critical pedagogy; (3) Latin American education and development. Rebecca has spent extensive time living in Latin America and has worked as a popular educator in a variety of social movement and union contexts. Her forthcoming book at Oxford University Press is on the educational initiatives of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), titled Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education. Her current research project examines teacher union organizing in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.