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  • Patricia Espiritu Halagao

    Professor & Chair


    • Curriculum Studies


    • 2001 Ph.D.: Curriculum & Instruction, University of Washington
    • 1996 M.Ed.: Multicultural Education, University of Washington
    • 1994 Teaching Credential: K-8 Education, San Francisco State University
    • 1992 B.A. Major: Anthropology, Occidental College

    Area(s) of Interest

    • Filipino curriculum & pedagogy
    • multicultural education
    • social studies

    Brief Biography

    Dr. Patricia Espiritu Halagao is Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her scholarship focuses on social studies and multicultural education, specifically Filipinos and K-12 education. She received the Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching (2012). She served on the Hawaiʻi State Board of Education (2013-2016), championing equity and cultural diversity and establishing multilingualism and the Seal of Biliteracy in schools. She received a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington and was a sheltered English elementary teacher in Oakland, CA.

    Contact Information

    Office Phone

    (808) 956-9295


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    Curriculum Vitae


    Scholarly Works


    • Halagao, P., Colmenares, S., & Noble, C. (2013). Bold dream, uncommon valor: The Florentino Das Story. Manila: COVO.
    • Book Chapters

    • Halagao, P. (2017).
    • Halagao, P. (2013). Theorizing from pain, passion, and hope: The Making of Filipino American curricula and pedagogy. In I. Bonus, R. & Maramba, & D. C. (Eds) (Eds.), The "Other" Students: Filipino Americans, education, and power (pp. pp. 145–164). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
    • Halagao, P. (2012). Filipino Americans and cultural maintenance. In I. Banks & J. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education Four-Volume Set (Vol. Volume 2, pp. pp. 905–909). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
    • Halagao, P., & Higa, R. (2012). Hawaiʻi, social hierarchy of Asian Americans. In I. Banks & J. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education Four-Volume Set (Vol. Volume 2, pp. pp. 1039–1043). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
    • Halagao, P. (2008). Culturally relevant education. In Mathison. In I. Mathison, S. & Ross, & W. (Eds.), Battleground schools (Vol. Volume 1, pp. pp. 161–168). Westport: Greenwood Press.
    • Journal Articles

    • Halagao, P. (2017). Equity in Learning: Meeting the needs of our multilingual students in Hawaiʻi. , 53 (2), 91–94.
    • Halagao, P., & Kaomea, J. L. (2017). On my honor: Creating space for thinking and living Girl Scouts differently in (post)colonial Hawai‘i. Gender and Education, 1–16.
    • Halagao, P. (2017).
    • Halagao, P. (2017). Teaching Filipino American students. Multicultural Review, 13(1), pp. 42–48.
    • Halagao, P. (2016). Exposing K-12 Filipino achievement gaps and opportunities in Hawaiʻi public schools. Educational Perspectives, 48 (1&2), 1.
    • Halagao, P., & Libarios, E. D. (2016). Tinalak: Envisioning the next generation of teachers. Educational Perspectives, 48 (1&2), p. 1.
    • Halagao, P. (2010). Liberating Filipino Americans through decolonizing curriculum. Race, Ethnicity & Education, 13 (4), 495–512.
    • Halagao, P., & Tintiangco-Cubales, J. M., Cordova. (2009). Critical review of K-12 Filipina/o American curriculum. AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community, 7(10), pp. 1–23.
    • Halagao, P., Miller-Lane, J., & Howard, T. (2007). Civic multicultural competence: Searching for high & common ground in democratic education. Theory on Research and Social Education, 35 (4), pp. 551–573.
    • Halagao, P. (2006). Questioning the “Aloha” in a multicultural teacher education course. Asian Pacific Journal of Education, 26(1), pp. 37–50.
    • Halagao, P. (2004). Holding up the mirror: The complexity of seeing your ethnic self in history. Theory on Research and Social Education, 32 (4), pp. 459–483.
    • Halagao, P., & Castillo, A. (2004). Making cultural connections. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 41(1), p. 48.
    • Halagao, P. (2004). Bringing Banks’ multicultural typology to life: When curriculum and pedagogy are transformed. Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education, 6(1).
    • Presentations

    • Chapman De Sousa, E. B., Halagao, P., Lum, E., & Mulcahy, S. (2017, November). Multilingualism for equitable education: research, policy and practice. Presented at National Association of Multicultural Education, Salt Lake City, UT.
    • Halagao, P., & Kaomea, J. L. (2015, April). On my honor: Creating a space for thinking and living Girls Scouts differently in (post)colonial Hawai‘i. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois.