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Cristina Valencia Mazzanti

Assistant Professor of Education & Child Study


Cristina Valencia Mazzanti is an assistant professor in the Department of Education and Child Study at Smith College. She studies the social construction of languages as a multifaceted phenomenon that shapes children’s experiences of learning as well as the work of educators and researchers. Currently, she is researching young children’s experiences with multilingualism, multimodality and learning through a series of interdisciplinary longitudinal studies involving kindergarten students, elementary school teachers and Latine families. Cristina teaches classes in the areas of early childhood and elementary education as well as educational research.


Ph.D., M.A., University of Georgia
B.A., Universidad de los Andes