Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, PhD

Interim Chair, Education Programs

Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, PhD, Interim Chair of the Education Programs, began her teaching career in 1969 in Spain as the co-founder of a small progressive school serving multi national students. Upon returning to the United States in 1976 she completed her BA at Antioch, Santa Barbara where she developed and implemented a plan for a private Arts in Education Junior High School based on Montessori’s principles for educating adolescents.

Completing more than 20 years as a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools, Marianne earned a Masters in Education studying Montessori Education in 1985, at UC Santa Barbara.  In 1990 she earned her Ph.D. in Confluent Education at UCSB and a second Masters in Educational Policy and Administration in 1991. She worked for almost 10 years as an instructor in the UCSB teacher education program where, she became Coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program.  

Marianne’s central scholarship focus is on the intersection of the affective and cognitive domains, including the role of affect in the development of mathematical understanding, and teacher candidates’ professional identity construction. After participating in a major DOE study of the CA DATE program, she developed pedagogy to support resilience in youth.  She has been a leader in the Confluent Education SIG at AERA, and is currently on the editorial board of Teacher Education Quarterly. The book, Resilience Education, co-authored with Joel H. Brown and Bonnie Benard, was published in 2001 by Corwin Press.