Dr. Irenka Domínguez-Pareto is an experienced social scientist, educator, and writer with a commitment to critical self-reflection, social justice, and equity. Integrating critical theoretical and methodological tools from sociology, anthropology, developmental psychology, and education, Domínguez-Pareto has successfully conducted ethnographic and mixed-methods research in non-profit and academic contexts. For instance, at UC Berkeley’s Center for Latino Policy Research and at the Family, Culture, and Schooling Research Lab her work offered empirical evidence of the individual, institutional, and sociocultural dimensions reproducing inequities in home-school relationships for families and young children from non-dominant groups.
In her most recent role as a Senior Program Associate at WestEd, Domínguez-Pareto led a state-wide interview- and survey-based study to better understand the professional development needs of the Early Childhood workforce in California, centering the voices of a diverse sample of providers across the State as a way to inform policy. In addition, through WestEd, Irenka co-wrote and co-led the development of three book projects for the California Department of Education (addressing homelessness, implicit bias and disproportionality for boys of color in ECE, and play-based learning) that emphasized trauma-informed and equity and social justice-based practices for early childhood educators. An expert writer for different audiences, she has published her work in peer-reviewed journals as well as written for general and professional audiences.
Dr. Domínguez-Pareto has thoroughly relished in her role as Assistant Professor, at UC Berkeley and Mills College, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on interdisciplinary understandings of early childhood and education and child development, statistical methods, and research writing.
Domínguez-Pareto earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Education from the University of California, Berkeley and is a native Spanish and Catalan speaker. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her son, husband, and 70-pound puppy, Johnny.