Monday, February 8, 2010

LatiNegr@s Project: Dr. Pedro Noguera

Honoring scholars who use their positions in the "academy"/"Ivory Tower" to create change within our communities (and who are STILL alive) so that we can thank them and highlight their pioneering work is one of the many goals for this project. Today I'd like to introduce you to education scholar and sociologist Dr. Pedro Noguera.

As an NYU alum and a graduate of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (although the Human Sexuality program is now no longer in that school, that's another post for another time), he is an "urban sociologist." Those of you who read my musings elsewhere know that I have been teaching sociology and interdisciplinary courses for almost a decade in high school and college settings. I've known of Dr. Noguera's work for years and hope there may be an opportunity to work with him to include sexuality education for working class/queer/youth of Color in the future (yes even amazing scholars have gaps in their research).

At NYU he is not only a professor but the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education where the work focuses on the intersections of education, ethnicity, gender, class status, and social justice. After all education is a social justice issue. He's been published in peer-reviewed journals for decades. Read a list of partial presentations, referred journal articles, and book chapters along with his teaching biography at his NYU homepage.

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