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ELPS professor publishes book on social justice

by Jo Ann Jones, COEHDnews    |    June 29, 2015

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Dr. Felecia Briscoe, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s (COEHD) Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, co-edited a book on social justice that will be published this July.


Briscoe’s book, “Becoming Critical: The Emergence of Social Justice Scholars,” is a collection of autoethnographies from a diverse group of teachers and students that focus on key experiences in their journeys to becoming social justice scholars.


“Nothing like this book has ever been done before,” said Briscoe. “People of color and the working class tell their own stories in their own ways. While they each analyze their own experiences, co-editor Muhammad Khalifa and I analyzed them collectively to identify emerging commonalities and differences. I am glad that these particular stories are now able to be shared with many others.”


The book was co-edited by Khalifa, assistant professor at Michigan State University, and features chapters written by Dr. Mark Giles, COEHD associate professor, Dr. Michael Jennings, COEHD associate professor and associate dean of the Consortium for Social Transformation, and Dr. Miguel DeOliver, associate professor in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts.


“I hope that people of color and those from the working class are able to recognize some of their own experiences and struggles,” said Briscoe. “While white middle class men and women may also recognize many of these experiences, we also hope that they better understand the lives, perspectives, and experiences of people of color and those from the working class.”


In addition to their book, Briscoe and Khalifa recently co-authored a study that looked at the gap in school discipline between students of color and white students. The study, which focused on the reactions of Texas school district administrators to Briscoe and Khalifa’s request for disciplinary data that highlighted this gap, was published in the June 2015 volume of “Teachers College Record.”


Briscoe joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2000. She earned her Ed.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Cincinnati.


To pre-order a copy of the book, visit the SUNY Press website.


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