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Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education

1st Edition

Edited by Marvin Lynn, Adrienne D. Dixson


432 pages

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This handbook illustrates how education scholars employ Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a framework to bring attention to issues of race and racism in education. It is the first authoritative reference work to provide a truly comprehensive description and analysis of the topic, from the defining conceptual principles of CRT in the Law that gave shape to its radical underpinnings to the political and social implications of the field today. It is divided into three sections, covering innovations in educational research, policy and practice in both schools and in higher education, and the increasing interdisciplinary nature of critical race research. With 28 newly commissioned pieces written by the most renowned scholars in the field, this handbook provides the definitive statement on the state of critical race theory in education and on its possibilities for the future.


"Many in the field of education, especially those interested in critical race theory in education, have been eagerly awaiting a reader or handbook that compiles significant contributions to research and theory in CRT in education. The Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education, edited by Lynn and Dixson, appears to have answered the call of many budding and veteran scholars interested in centering race and racial inequality in conversations on education reform." ― Venus Evans-Winters, Teachers College Record

Table of Contents


Section I

The Genealogy of Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Theory in Education

1 The History and Conceptual Elements of Critical Race Theory

Kevin Brown and Darrell D. Jackson

2 Discerning Critical Moments

Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic

3 Critical Race Theory—What it is not

Gloria Ladson-Billings

4 Critical Race Theory’s Intellectual Roots in Ethnic Studies and Freirean Education

Daniel G. Solórzano

5 On the Origins of Critical Race Studies in Education: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Classical Critical Race Theory and Critique of Epistemic Apartheid Reiland Rabaka

6 Tribal Critical Race Theory: An Origin Story and Future Directions

Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy

7 Origins of and Connections to Social Justice in Critical Race Theory in Education

Thandeka K. Chapman

8 Doing Class in Critical Race Analysis in Education

Michael J. Dumas


Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Methods to Challenging Majoritarian Policies and Stock Stories in Education

9 The Policy of Inequity: using CRT to unmask white supremacy in Education Policy

David Gillborn

10 Educational Policy Contradictions: A LatCrit perspective on Undocumented Latino Students

Nereida Oliva, Judith C. Pérez and Laurence Parker

11 Badges of Inferiority: The Racialization of Achievement in U.S. Education

Sonya Douglass Horsford and Tanetha J. Grosland

12 The Racialization of South Asian Americans in a Post-911 Era

Binaya Subedi

13 Blurring the Boundaries: the Mechanics of Creating Composite Characters

Daniella Ann Cook

14 Education as the Property of Whites: African Americans Continued Quest for Good Schools

Jamel K. Donnor

15 The Inclusion and Representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in America’s Equity Agenda in Higher Education

Robert T. Teranishi & Loni Bordoloi Pazich

16 Let's Be For Real: Critical Race Theory, Racial Realism, and Education Policy Analysis (Toward a New Paradigm)

Kristen L. Buras

17 Examining Black male identity through a raced, classed, and gendered lens: Critical race Theory and the Intersectionality of the Black male experience

Tyrone C. Howard and Rema Reynolds

18 Expanding the Counterstory: The Potential for Critical Race Mixed Methods Studies in Education

Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby & Dina C. Walker-DeVose

19 A Critical Race Policy Analysis of the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Chicanos

Brenda Guadalupe Valles and Octavio Villalpando

20 Critical Race Quantitative Intersectionality: An Anti-Racist Research Paradigm that Refuses to “Let the Numbers Speak for Themselves”

Alejandro Covarrubias and Veronica Velez


Critical Race Praxis in Communities, Schools and the University

21 “Fightin’ the Devil 24/7”: Context, Community, and Critical Race Praxis in Education

David O. Stovall

22 Arizona on the Doorstep of Apartheid: The Purging of the Tri-Dimensionalization of Reality

Augustine F. Romero

23 Other Kids’ Teachers: What Children of Color Learn from White Women and what this Says about Race, Whiteness, and Gender

Zeus Leonardo & Erica Boas

24 Critical Race Methodological Tensions: Nepantla in Our Community-Based Praxis

Enrique Aleman, Dolores Delgado Bernal & Sylvia Mendoza

25 Critical Race Theory, Interest Convergence & Teacher Education

H. Richard Milner, F. Alvin Pearman II and Ebony O. McGee

26 CRT’s challenge to educator’s articulation of abstract liberal perspectives of purpose

Kenneth Fasching-Varner and Roland Mitchell

27 Post-racial Critical Race Praxis

Sabina Vaught and Gabrielle Hernandez with Ikenna Acholonu, Amber Frommherz and Ben Phelps

28 What is “urban”? A CRT examination of the preparation of K-12 teachers for urban schools

Celia Rousseau Anderson and Beverly E. Cross

About the Editors

Marvin Lynn is Dean of the School of Education at Indiana University, South Bend, USA.

Adrienne D. Dixson is an Associate Professor of Critical Race Theory and Education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General