Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman

Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman, PhD

Deputy Director, ASU Learning Transformation Studios

What motivates me: What motivates me to do the work I've dedicated my life to? Two things: First, I grew up bilingual, bicultural, and by the freeways in the Aliso Village housing projects of Los Angeles. These experiences imprinted in me the influential role that place plays in forming our identities, our views of the world, and of what is possible – or not. Second, as an undocumented student bussed to schools in wealthier areas of the city, I observed and understood how access to quality, relevant, and meaningful educational experiences had the power to transform lives, including my own. These experiences are my inspiration.

Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman is the Deputy Director of the Learning Transformation Studios.

She has over 25 years of experience in teaching, research, and higher education administration.

Claudia earned her Ph.D. from the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies. Before coming to ASU, she served as the director of Center EDGE at USC. Before that appointment, Claudia was the director of research and evaluation at the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. Claudia previously held a tenured professorship at Whittier College, where she taught in the teacher education and master's programs and served as associate director of its lab school, the Broadoaks School.

Claudia enjoys learning to paint, watching documentaries, traveling, and eating her way all over the city of LA with her wife, Kori Street, Ph.D., their daughter, Lucia, a graduate of USC and mental health professional, and their 15-year-old schnoodle, Lexie.