Guided by a commitment to educational equity and justice, Dr. Castro's research, teaching, and service seek to understand the specific responsibility of public higher education in an increasingly divided and unequal society. Her work examines material and discursive barriers to postsecondary education for systematically disadvantaged populations, including incarcerated, felony disenfranchised, and justice-involved individuals.
She earned a PhD in Education Policy Studies and a minor in Gender Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Castro is currently an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and an instructor with the Honors College and Gender Studies at the University of Utah.
She was a former Faculty Fellow with the Office of Undergraduate Studies and a member of the Campus Transfer Task Force at the University of Utah. This aspect of her research agenda examines transfer student experience and mobliity at the University of Utah.
Dr. Castro is an Instructor Affiliate with the Education Justice Project, a program providing higher educational opportunities to students who are incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center in central Illinois.