Chiara Bacigalupa


Phone: 707-664-2104

Office: Stevenson Hall 1078-F

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Dr. Chiara Bacigalupa

Associate Professor, Department of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Education

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." -- Marian Wright Edelman

Courses Taught


Dr. Bacigalupa has been a professor of child development and early childhood education at Sonoma State University since 2007. Between 1987 and 1998, she worked in various early education settings in California and Minnesota, and starting in 1995 she began teaching adult students. She currently serves as Chair of the Department of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Education, Advisor for the Early Childhood Studies minor and major, Coordinator for the SSU First Year Experience (FYE), Co-chair of the Child Care Planning Council of Sonoma County, and First 5 Commissioner for Sonoma County.


  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 2005
  • MA, California State University Northridge, 1991
  • BA, University of California Santa Cruz, 1987

Research Interests

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Moral Development/Moral Education
  • Child Care Quality
  • Children's Perspectives on Educational Settings
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Sonoma State University, 2007-present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2005-2007
  • Instructor and Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1999-2003
  • Instructor (on-line), Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, 2005
  • Instructor, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount MN, 1995-1999
  • Preschool Teacher, 1987-1998

Recent Scholarship and Publications

  • Ceglowski, D., Bacigalupa, C., & Peck, E.J. (2011). Aced out: Censorship of qualitative research in the age of "scientifically-based research." Qualitative Inquiry, 17(8). DOI 10.1177/1077800411415497
  • Bacigalupa, C. & Wright, C. (2009). "And then a huge, huge giant grabbed me!" Aggression in children's stories. Submitted to Early Childhood Research and Practice 11(2).
  • Wright, C., Bacigalupa, C., Black, T., & Burton, M. (2008). Windows into children's thinking: A guide to storytelling and dramatization. Early Childhood Education Journal 35(4), 363-369.
  • Ceglowski, D. & Bacigalupa, C. (2007). "I Play a Lot": Children's Perceptions of Child Care. Journal of Research in Child Education 22(2), 173-188.
  • Bacigalupa, C. (2005). The use of video games by kindergartners in a family child care setting. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(1), 25-30.
  • Ceglowski, D. & Bacigalupa, C. (2002). Four perspectives on child care quality. Early Childhood Education Journal, 30(2), 87-92. Reprinted in In K.L. Freiberg (Ed.). (2005). Annual Editions: Human Development 05/06 33rd Edition (pp. 45-50). Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill Companies.
  • Ceglowski, D. & Bacigalupa, C. (2002). Keeping current in child care research: An update of the 1985 annotated bibliography. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 4(1). Available on-line at Reprinted in In R.L. Schwarz, S.M. MacDermid, R. Swan, N.M. Robbins, and C. Mathers. (2003). Staffing you child care center: A theoretical and practical approach (pp. 72 - 97). Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.