Gilberto Q. Conchas

Gilberto Q. Conchas obtained a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Inaugural Wayne K. and Anita Woolfolk Hoy Endowed Chair of Education at the Pennsylvania State University and a Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) research associate. Prior to Penn State, Dr. Conchas was Professor of Educational Policy and Social Context at the University of California, Irvine, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Senior Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Conchas is an expert on qualitative research methods, with a particular focus on case study methodology. Conchas’ research focuses on inequality with an emphasis on communities and schools. A sociologist, widely published scholar, and experienced university administrator, Conchas has designed and led mentoring programs, has a well-honed awareness of the experiences of racially minoritized students and faculty, and draws on these experiences to advocate for pathways to better diversify higher education institutions. Numerous scholarly journals have published his work. He is the author of ten books, including the award winning The Color of Success: Race and High-Achieving Urban Youth; Small Schools and Urban Youth: Using the Power of School Culture to Engage Youth; StreetSmart SchoolSmart: Urban Poverty and the Education of Boys of Color; and Cracks in the Schoolyard—Confronting Latino Educational Inequality, and Race Frames in Education. His current coauthored book, The Chicana/o/x Dream: Hope, Resistance, and Educational Success, was conferred the 2021 Book-of-the-Year Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). Conchas was also named the 2022 Sylvia Hurtado University Faculty Award for teaching and research from AAHHE.

Books by Gilberto Q. Conchas:

Repertoires of Racial Resistance
Pedagogical Dreaming from the Classroom to the Streets

Repertories of Resistance: Pedagogical Dreaming from the Classroom to the Streets explores the integral role of dreaming and imagination in pursuing educational justice. The illuminating case studies in this book highlight how youth and adults utilize Transformative Methodologies not only to generate knowledge, but also promote social change.

Transformative Methodologies are approaches to research and knowledge production that explicitly:

  • center the perspectives, experiences, and expertise of BIPOC youth and communities as essential to research
  • challenge conventional social science frameworks that relegate communities as “objects” of inquiry, and
  • facilitate ethnically and racially minoritized young people to leverage their educational opportunities to express their agency, imagine emancipatory futures, and embody social change.
Chapters in the book demonstrate how researchers, practitioners, and youth utilize methodologies such as participatory action research, testimonials, counter narratives and critical storytelling to make sense of social inequalities and envision futures rooted in justice. This text considers the intimate relationship between youth leadership and empowerment with dreaming and imagination. The book includes case studies based in diverse contexts such as K-12 schools, community-based settings, and higher education. Moreover, the text specifically highlights how BIPOC young people leverage their imaginations as part of their efforts to advocate for justice in their communities, families, and schools. This book emphasizes the importance for researchers and practitioners to leverage youth imagination and freedom dreams in creating culturally sustaining educational settings and promoting transformative youth leadership. This volume will be of interest to graduate, postgraduate students, researchers and academics in fields such as multicultural education, critical pedagogy, youth development and qualitative and participatory methodologies. Pre-service teachers, practitioners, and libraries will also find this book useful.

Perfect for courses such as: Multicultural Education, Foundations of Education, Critical Pedagogy and Education, Youth Development, Out of School Time Education, Research Methodology, Anthropology and Education, Sociology and Education, and Youth Resistance

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