Cultural Studies in Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Keffrelyn Brown leads a graduate seminar as a student listens.

The Cultural Studies in Education (CSE) program is a critical interdisciplinary program that studies social, cultural, philosophical, and historical issues in education. The CSE program addresses social and cultural theory, as well as narrative, qualitative and ethnographic methods to study education. This graduate program approaches Cultural Studies in Education in a range of contexts from the funds of knowledge of family and community settings, to the social, cultural, political, economic, and contested struggles of public urban schooling.

CSE faculty and students recognize the power of alternative ways of knowing and being and stress the significance diversity plays in education. Students in this program explore the fundamental importance of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation diversity in education. CSE faculty specialize in a broad range of topics in cultural studies such as:

  • sociocultural knowledge and teaching,
  • discourse,
  • critical theory and pedagogy,
  • contexts of activism in education,
  • identity formation,
  • agency,
  • African American and Latina/o experiences in education,
  • diasporic community knowledge,
  • Indigenous knowledge systems, and
  • globalization and education.


About Our Program

Our Alumni

Luis Urrieta

Program Area Coordinator
Luis Urrieta

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Program Area Advisor
Keffrelyn Brown