Oona Fontanella-Nothom, Ph.D.

Dr. Oona Fontanella-Nothom photo
Charter College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Office Location: KH A3045
Email: ofontan@calstatela.edu


Dr. Oona Fontanella-Nothom (she/hers), is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. She joined the faculty in 2019 and teaches courses in the Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in early childhood education program as well as courses open to all Master of Arts in Education students.

Dr. Fontanella-Nothom’s research/teaching interests are centered on the following topics:

  • How topics of race and racism are taught and learned in early childhood classrooms, and more generally, how issues of social justice are taken up and lived out in schools;
  • A (re)conceptualizing traditional notions of children and childhoods;
  • Collaborative teacher-researcher inquiries;
  • Innovative qualitative inquiry and methodologies; with special attention to approaches which draw from critical, feminist, and poststructural ways of thinking and knowing.


King, C. U., Fontanella-Nothom, O., & Zapata, A. (in press; anticipated publication date October 2019). An exploration of Black History through Afro-Diaspora literature for children and youth. In L. J. King (Ed.), Perspectives on the teaching of Black History in schools. Information Age Publishing.

Hancock, T. S., & Fontanella-Nothom, O. (in-press; anticipated publication date September 2019). Becoming with/in excess(es) and mess(es): Pedagogies of sustainment (POSt). Qualitative Inquiry.

Fontanella-Nothom, O. (2019). “Why do we have different skins anyway?”: Exploring race in literature with preschool children. Multicultural Perspectives, 21(1), 11-18.

Kuby, C. R., Zapata, A., & Fontanella-Nothom, O. (2019). Teaching and learning literacy in early childhood programs: Crossroads and intersections. In C. P. Brown, M. McMullen, & N. File(Eds.), Handbook of Early Childhood Care and Education. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell Publishing.

Kuby, C. R., & Fontanella-Nothom, O. (2018). (Re)imagining writers and writing: The end of the book and the beginning of writing. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 67, 310-326. DOI: 10.1177/2381336918786257


Ph.D. Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, emphasis in Early Childhood Education

  • University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

M.A. Social and Cultural Analysis of Education, emphasis in Urban Contexts

  • California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

B.A. Early Childhood Development

  • Chapman University College