Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Ph.D.

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Ph.D.

Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, is an Associate Professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the doctorate program for Educational Leadership in SFSU’s School of Education and the current coordinator of the Master’s program in Asian American Studies. Tintiangco-Cubales has published several books and a wide array of articles that focus on the development of ethnic studies curriculum and community responsive pedagogy. Her research focuses on urban youth, community studies, critical performance pedagogy, motherscholaring, and Pinayism, a concept that she coined in 1995. She is also currently writing about Babaylan pedagogy and her life as a community-engaged-motherscholar-of-color. Amongst her many projects, she has led initiatives that have forwarded Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and Teacher Participatory Action Research (TPAR), which she developed in 2010. Since 2007, she has served as a consultant with the San Francisco Unified School District on the development of ethnic studies curriculum for high school students.


Prior to joining the faculty at SFSU, Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. She worked as an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) counselor and instructor at UC Berkeley’s Student Life Advising Services and the Re-entry Program. She also has extensive experience working with youth, teachers, public schools, and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years including Asian American Recovery Services, Filipino Mental Health Initiative, Bayshore Childcare Services, and Solar Richmond. Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales is currently on the Board of the Directors for the Filipino Community Center located in San Francisco’s Excelsior District, serves on the advisory board for Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and is on the board for Artists in Motion, Bay Area.

In addition to her responsibilities as a faculty member at SFSU, Tintiangco-Cubales is the founder and director of Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), an ethnic studies educational pipeline that creates partnerships and projects that work toward social justice. Every year, PEP sends hundreds of students to college, graduate school, and credential programs. PEP is proud to have graduated a record number of doctorates over the past decade, all of which are serving our communities in social justice organizations and teaching in schools and colleges across the nation. As a result of her work with PEP, she has published three sourcebooks with lesson plans, units, and workshops that highlight the marriage between critical Filipina/o American Studies content and the practice of critical pedagogy.