Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender
Our faculty engage in interdisciplinary analysis to understand the functions, limits, and possibilities of schooling. In particular, race, class, and gender relations are social forces that inform and shape the organization of schools and various educational spaces including formal and informal learning communities. We also focus on the transformative functions of language and literacy keeping in constant view their potential to effect social change and create more just societies. We explore the role of schooling in sustaining a democratic society in the face of, and in relationship to, social inequality, economic restructuring, and changing social relations in the nation-state. Examples include the interactions between students and teachers, the knowledge valued as the official curriculum, policies concerning discipline or funding, and disparities between educational contexts and in learning outcomes.
To find a faculty member who is an expert in the area, click on the titles below.
Critical Social and Cultural Theories
Globalization, Immigration, and Migration
Race and Social Inequality in Urban Education
Prudence L. Carter*
Michael J. Dumas*
Sarah W. Freedman
Lisa García Bedolla
Kris D. Gutíerrez*
Derek Van Rheenan
Frank C. Worrell*
* Faculty designated to advise new doctoral students