The Authors: Jeffrey M.R. Duncan-Andrade is Assistant Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary
Studies, and Co-Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at San Francisco State University’s Cesar Chavez Institute (http://cci.sfsu.edu/taxonomy/term/28).
In addition to these duties, he teaches a 12th grade English Literature class at Oasis Community High School in Oakland, CA,
where he continues his research into the uses of critical pedagogy in urban schools. Before joining the faculty at SFSU, Duncan-Andrade
taught English and coached in the Oakland public schools for ten years, and completed his doctoral studies at the University
of California, Berkeley. Duncan-Andrade’s research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum
change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He has authored numerous
journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective
pedagogy in urban settings. He is currently completing a second book on the core competencies of highly effective urban educators.
Ernest Morrell is Associate Professor in Urban Schooling and Associate Director for Youth Research at the Institute for
Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at the University of California at Los Angeles. For more than a decade he has worked
with adolescents, drawing on their involvement with popular culture to promote academic literacy development. Morrell is also
interested in the applications of critical pedagogy in urban education and working with teens as critical researchers. The
author of three other books, Linking Literacy and Popular Culture: Finding Connections for Lifelong Learning (2004),
Becoming Critical-Researchers: Literacy and Empowerment for Urban Youth (Peter Lang, 2004), and Critical Literacy
and Urban Youth: Pedagogies of Access, Dissent, and Liberation (2007), Morrell received his Ph.D. in language, literacy,
and culture from the University of California at Berkeley.