Cultural Studies in Education

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Program Area Coordinator
Luis Urrieta

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Program Area Advisor
Keffrelyn Brown

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 knowledges,
  • Indigenous knowledge systems, and
  • globalization and education.


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Keffrelyn Brown


Suzanne B. and John L. Adams Professor in Education

Creates scholarship based around teacher education, especially relating to race and culture.

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Noah De Lissovoy


Examines effects of race, class and capital in schools and society; investigates and extends traditions of critical pedagogy and philosophy.

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Luis Urrieta, Jr.

Professor, Program Coordinator

Charles H. Spence, Sr. Centennial Professor in Education

Follows trends around cultural and racial identities, agency, migration, and social movements in education.