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Associate Professor of Sociology
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B.A. University of Wyoming

M.A. California Lutheran University

Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

  • Social Issues in a Global Context
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Nonprofits
  • Pop Culture & Adolescence
Research Publications


Herrera, S., Lisa Porter, and Katherine Barko-Alva. Equity in School-Parent Partnerships: Cultivating Community and Family Trust in Culturally Diverse Classrooms. Teachers College Press, 2020. 



Porter, Lisa, et al.  “Navigating Liminal Spaces in University-Community Engagement: Risky Collaboration in Times of Crisis.” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, (publication date: Fall 2023). 

Porter, Lisa, Katherine Barko-Alva and Socorro Herrera, "Plexiglass: How Power, Policy and Politics Create a Mirage of Equitable Family Engagement." Journal for Multicultural Education, vol. 15, no. 3, 2021, pp. 330-342., https://doi.org/10.1108/JME-08-2020-0086. 

Barko-Alva, Katherine, Lisa Porter, and Socorro Herrera. “Fearful No More: Teachers Amplifying CLD Familial Voices in Technological Spaces.” MinneTESOL Journal, vol. 36, no.2, 2020. 

Porter, Lisa. “Looking for Pura Vida: Disgruntled Parents in Search of Educational Alternatives in Costa Rica.” Journal of interdisciplinary Studies in Education, vol. 8, no. 2, 2019, pp. 1-20. 

Porter, Lisa. “Journeying Together: Building Intercultural Ties between Parents in Dual Immersion Programs.” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, vol. 6, no. 2, 2018, pp. 19-31.   

Porter, Lisa. “Transnational Spaces: US Expatriates Recreating Home in Costa Rica.” International  Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, vol.3, no. 10, 2009, pp. 217-223. 

Porter, Lisa and Maureen Lorimer. “Peace Education.” Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, vol. 8, no. 1, 2005, pp. 1-6. 

Book Chapters 

Herrera, Socorro, Lisa Porter and Katherine Barko-Alva. “Luchando Contra la Corriente: Failed Promises in Addressing the Needs of Latinx/e/o Families in K12 Settings.” Teaching and Learning in the New Latino Diaspora: Creating Culturally Responsive Practice edited by Edmund T. Hamann, et al., Teacher College Press, (publication date: February 2024).  

Barko-Alva, Katherine, Lisa Porter, and Socorro Herrera. “Technology as Technocracy: Educators’ Conscientious Use of Technology for Authentic Family Engagement.” Teaching, Technology and Teacher Education During the COVID19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field, edited by Richard Ferdig, et al., AACE: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2020, pp 765-768. 


Book Reviews 

Barko-Alva, Katherine and Lisa Porter. Review of Critical Pedagogy: An Exploration of Contemporary Themes and Issues, by Tomas Boronski, Routledge New York, 2021

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