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About Manuel Espinoza

I am a child of desegregation (Keyes v. Denver School District No. 1, 1973) and a Chicano ethnographer and philosopher of education working in the scholarly tradition that emerged during the 20th century struggle against racism in the U.S. The labor in this historical vineyard consists of linking social scientific research to everyday struggles for justice and dignity. Historically, this particular line of social science has worked to provide the law with intellectual and empirical resources to perceive social life anew. To illustrate, consider the contributions of social scientists in landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954, 1955), Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), and Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003). Presently, I am developing three interconnected strands of research: 1) the historical study of the reading, writing and reasoning practices of African Americans and Chicanas/os; 2) the empirical study of the human developmental consequences of lettered- and numbered-learning over the life course; and 3) the ethnographic study of talk, interaction and learning in classroom settings and its relation to civil rights.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Educational Foundations, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
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Curriculum Vitae


Disciplines



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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 | Rosa Parks Diversity Award, University of Colorado Denver
  • 2007 | Distinguished Alumnus Award, Community College of Denver

Courses

  • Equality, Rights, and Education: Segregation, Desegregation, and Resegregation
  • Migration, Modernity, and Literacy
  • Working with Families and Communities: Ethnographic Approaches to Social Life
  • Foundations of Language, Literacy and Culture

Education

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2008 PhD, University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Education
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1998 BA, Metropolitan State College of Denver ‐ Chicana/o Studies
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Contact Information

MANUEL ESPINOZA
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
P.O. BOX 173364, CAMPUS BOX 106
DENVER, CO 80217-3364

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