Child Studies Program

Erica Misako Boas

Dr. Erica Boas

Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Erica Misako Boas is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Liberal Studies Program at Santa Clara University where she teaches future teachers and future child advocates. She studies sexuality, race and their articulations in institutions of schooling. She is currently working on a research project that examines the organization of sexuality in elementary schools, the intersections of race and sexuality, and the social effects of sexual shame. The project was inspired by five years of teaching at San Francisco Bay Area public elementary schools and an on-going interest in exploring public schooling's potential in effecting personal and social transformations. In addition, Erica has worked in child care policy advocacy and has been trained as a rape crisis counselor and in transformative justice approaches to ending sexual violence.


Ph.D. (2013) University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Education, Social and CulturalStudies)
M.A. (2008) University of California at Berkeley (Education)
B.A. (1997) University of California at Santa Cruz (Major in American Studies;Minor, Education) 



LBST 80 - Information Literacy
LBST 100 - Research in the Social Sciences
LBST 106 - Urban Education
LBST 107 - Child, Family, and Community
LBST 184 - Literacy and Diversity


Boas, E. (January, 2015). "Education in Disguise: Sanctioning Sexuality in Elementary School Halloween Celebrations." In Sex Education, Special Issue: Sexuality in Schools.

McCoy, D., A. Bierbaum, A. Suwalsky, E. Boas &A. Kronovet. (2013). "Students and Change." In Townand Gown Relations: A Handbook of Best Practices. Kemp, R. (Ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland &Company, Inc.

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