AERA Selects Teresa McCarty to Deliver 2015 Brown Lecture in Education Research
AERA Selects Teresa McCarty to Deliver 2015 Brown Lecture in Education Research

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2015

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AERA Selects Teresa McCarty to Deliver 2015 Brown Lecture in Education Research


CHICAGO, April 17, 2015 ─ Teresa L. McCarty, a professor of education and anthropology at the University of California–Los Angeles and professor emerita at Arizona State University, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the 2015 Brown Lecture in Education Research. The announcement was made at the association’s annual meeting, currently taking place in Chicago. 


“Dr. McCarty is a world-renowned scholar on indigenous language planning, policy, education, and revitalization, and the global scope of her work aligns with issues inextricably connected to equality in education,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “This announcement comes as Dr. McCarty is preparing to participate in an AERA annual meeting session focused on critical heritage language education and social justice.”

McCarty’s research and teaching focuses on language education policy, indigenous/language minority education, youth language ideologies and practices, critical literacy studies, and ethnographic studies of education. Her book, “To Remain an Indian”: Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education, coauthored with K. Tsianina Lomawaima, won the AERA Division G (Curriculum Studies) outstanding book award in 2007.

McCarty is the George Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology at University of California–Los Angeles and the Alice Wiley Snell Professor Emerita of Education Policy Studies, Justice and Social Inquiry, Applied Linguistics, and former co-director of the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University. Between 1989 and 2004, she served as professor and head of the Department of Language Reading and Culture, interim dean of the College of Education, and co-director of the American Indian Language Development Institute, all at the University of Arizona. She is a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the International Center for Language Revitalization.


The Brown Lecturenow in its 12th year—was inaugurated by AERA in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took scientific research into account in issuing its landmark ruling. This is the first Brown lecture that will focus on indigenous education issues. The public lecture will take place on October 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. 


The Brown Lecture Selection Committee included AERA President Joyce King, Georgia State University; President-Elect Jeannie Oakes, University of California–Los Angeles; AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine; AERA Director of Professional Development and Diversity Officer George L. Wimberly; Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC) Chair  Estella M. Bensimon, University of Southern California; and two additional SJAC members, Denise Ward Hood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Joseph P. Robinson-Cimpian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“The Brown Lecture in Education Research is an annual reminder of the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education for all communities,” said Levine. 


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The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook and Twitter.


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