Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education
The PhD in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education is a research-intensive degree for students interested in the critical study of multiculturalism, diversity, and their possibilities for creating more equitable contexts for education and research.
Doctoral students in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education (MESE) carefully study the ways that identity (race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexualities, disabilities, languages, immigration status, etc.) have structured and marshaled to create inequality in teaching learning and educational research. Students explore these context from social, historical, cultural, transnational and global perspectives.
Faculty and students in MESE are concerned with social justice in education. This requires the sort of in-depth examination of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia and their intersections that multiculturalism in our global society requires.
Students in the program will learn from faculty who are experts in educational equity. Their expertise ranges in issues including:
- Critical race theory
- Critical multiculturalism
- Critical teacher education
- Drama as critical inquiry
- Sociocultural theory
- Disabilities studies
- Social studies education
- Black feminist theory
- Teaching for social justice
- Immigration studies
- Latino critical race theory
- Epistemological studies of education
- Qualitative research
Students can enhance their doctoral experience in MESE by combining their studies and interests in diversity, equity, access, social justice and culturally responsive relevant and sustaining pedagogies across disciplines.
Students with PhDs in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education go on to become scholars, researchers and professors at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Coursework: Multiculturalism, social justice, educational theory, qualitative research
Minimum course requirements: 2 core courses (8 hours), 3 research courses (9 hours), 8 specialization courses (24 hours), apprenticeship (6 hours), dissertation (6 hours), breadth requirement (3 hours)
Other requirements: Research apprenticeship, candidacy exam, dissertation
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships, scholarships, university fellowships
Tami Augustine, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dean Cristol, PhD, Associate Professor
Diana Erchick, PhD, Professor
Christian Faltis, PhD, Chair, Professor, and MESE Convener
Sarah Gallo, PhD, Assistant Professor
Ruth Lowery, PhD, Professor and MESE Convener
Melinda "Mindi" Rhoades, PhD, Associate Professor
Timothy San Pedro, PhD, Assistant Professor
Binaya Subedi, PhD, Associate Professor
Cynthia Tyson, PhD, Professor