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Ernest Morrell

  • Ph.D.
  • Director
  • Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), Teachers College, Columbia University
  • 23PublicationsNumber of items in Ernest's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 30Followers

Recent publications

  • Critical Literacy, Educational Investment, and the Blueprint for Reform: An Analysis of the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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  • Critical research and the future of literacy education

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Professional experience


Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), Teachers College, Columbia University

September 2011 - Present

Professor, English Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

June 2011 - Present

Associate Director

Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access

July 2006 - Present

Associate Professor


July 2007 - July 2011(4 years)

Assistant Professor


July 2005 - July 2007(2 years)

Assistant Professor

Michigan State University

July 2001 - July 2005(4 years)



UC Berkeley

August 1996 - May 2001(5 years)

Research interests

Cultural StudiesPedagogyUrban EducationEnglish Education


ERNEST MORRELL is the Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) and Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also the Vice-President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and will assume the presidency of this 50,000-member organization in 2013. For nearly twenty years Dr. Morrell’s research has focused on drawing upon youth’s interest in popular culture and participatory media technologies to increase motivation and to promote academic literacy development, civic engagement and college access. He is also recognized nationally for developing powerful models of teaching and learning in classrooms and non-school environments and for engaging youth and communities in the project of educational reform. Professor Morrell has written more than 50 articles that have appeared in journals such as Teachers College Record, the Journal of Teacher Education, Reading Research Quarterly, English Education, the English Journal, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Action in Teacher Education, and the Annual Yearbook of the National Reading Conference. He has written numerous book chapters and four books including The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools (with Jeff Duncan-Andrade) and Critical Literacy and Urban Youth: Pedagogies of Access, Dissent, and Liberation. He is a sought after speaker by universities, school districts, professional organizations, and private foundations. Morrell has also received several commendations for his teaching including being recognized five times by Who’s Who Among America’s High School teachers and receiving UCLA’s Department of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Morrell received his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley and was the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation award.


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