Ph.D. 2018, The University of Arizona. Major: Socio-Cultural Studies, Immigration, and Education Minor: Middle Eastern Studies
M.A. 2010, The City University of New York. Major: Science Education Minor: Urban Anthropology
B.A. 1999, Lehman College. Major: Cultural Anthropology Minor: Biology
Representation of Iranian-American Identity and Finding the Funds of Knowledge in the Resilience of Cultural Heritage: *Dr. Richard Ruiz, Dr. Luis Moll
My main research interest is the connection between culture, identity, and education, especially as it relates to the education of second-generation children in the US. Other areas of interests include how learning takes place in the broader social contexts of household and community life, social justice, and immigration issues.
Current research interests: Funds of Identity, immigration & education, cultural production, second-generation youth, acculturation modeling, and hybridity of identities
2010-2011 AmeriCorps Scholarship
2010-2017 Ora Bretall Endowed Scholarship
2011-2017 Education Graduate College Fellowship
2011-2017 Education Graduate Tuition Scholarship
Professional Development in Education
The University of Arizona, January 2013-May 2013-Proctor for Learning Reading and Culture course Race, Identity & Culture.
Sonoran Science Academy, August 2011-2012 –Biology instructor for 9th & 10th grade
Fenster School, August 2009-August 2011- Biology & Anatomy instructor for 9th, 10th & 12th grade
Columbia Secondary School, August 2007-August 2009- Biology instructor 6th grade
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, September 2002-2003- Curriculum developer & Educator
Juan Pablo Duarte PS 132, September 1999 to 2002- Elementary School Instructor 5th grade
Wave Hill School, Summer 1999-Science educator
New York Botanical Garden, September 1997-1998-Science Educator
University of Arizona, Ethnographic Field Work 2016-2017
The University of Arizona, Master-IP Program, Research Assistant August 2011-July 2013. Dr. Julia Olsen, Dr. Bruce Johnson
Lehman College Molecular Biology Laboratory September 1997-1999. Dr. Paul Matthews & Dr. Eleanor Wurtzel
Administrative Management Experience
Colloquy Committee Member, 2012-2013
NOAA-CREST, The City College of New York, NY, 2004-2007
Field Expeditions Study aboard Programs
School for Field Studies Kenya, Africa Wildlife management.
Archeological field sites, New York.
Research and Reports
Cota, P. C., Yalda Kaveh (2017) Immigration, Identity, Heritage Language Maintenance- Two Case Studies of Iranian-Americans in the Diaspora. Ethnography & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC). The University of Las Vegas. (Presentation).
Cota, P. C. (2016) A Preliminary study of the Funds of Knowledge & Identity of second-generation Iranian-Americans. Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania. (Presentation).
Cota, P. C. (2016, Submitted) The Field of Cultural Production & Media production: Shahs of Sunset and Iranian Americans. Media Culture & Society.
Cota, P.C. (2012) I am Wizard! Finding the Funds of knowledge & Identity with potions and magic: One Iranian-American story. Department of Education Colloquia series, University of Arizona. (Presentation)
Cota, P. C. (2011) Transnational Dual Identity of the Iranian-American Diaspora. Department of Education Colloquia series, University of Arizona. (Presentation)
Olsen, K. L., Canipe, M. M., Cota, P. C, Johnson, J. (2011, submitted) Master-IP Program, A Business/Academic Partnership for Educational Success. Educational Leadership.
Cota, P. C., (2009) Outdoor Inquiry in New York City Morning Side Park as an Extension of Classroom Learning. Masters Thesis, Department of Science Education, The City College of The City University of New York
Cota, P.C., (2007) Ethnographic study of the Perspectives of School Children in a 4th-grade classroom in Washington Heights New York. Masters Thesis, Department of Anthropology, The City College of The City University of New York.
Cota, P. C,. Matthews, P.D. and Wurtzel, E. T. (1999) Development of rice transformation for analysis of maize transgenes. Maize Genetics Conference, March 11-14, 1999, Lake Geneva, WI. (poster)
Mattews, P.D., Cota, P.C. and Wurtzel, E. T. (1999) On Golden Pollen. Maize Genetics Conference, March 11-14, 1999, Lake Geneva, WI. (poster)
Cota, C., Matthews, P.D., and Wurtzel, E. T. (1998) Remediating vitamin A deficiency through biotechnology. National Minority Research Symposium, November 21-24, 1998, New York, NY (poster)
Matthews, P.D., W. Ronelus, C. Cota, M. Cervantes, V. Upasani, and E. T. Wurtzel. (1998) Comparison of maize and rice PSY. 40th Annual Maize Genetics Conference, Lake Geneva, WI. (poster)
American Educational Research Association
American Anthropological Association
Anthropological Education Association
Middle East Studies Association
National Science Teachers Association
National Wildlife Federation
Luis Moll, Ph.D., 520-621-1291, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Betteridge, Ph.D., 520-621-5456, email@example.com