MacArthur Fellows Program

MacArthur Fellows / Meet the Class of 1990

Lisa Delpit

Education Reform Leader

Baltimore, Maryland

Age: 38 at time of award

Published August 1, 1990

Lisa Delpit is a specialist in teaching and learning in multicultural settings, in teacher education, and in literacy development.

Delpit seeks to provide opportunities for minorities and poor communities to articulate and effect change in the United States’ educational system.  She is also concerned with creating connections and building bridges between teachers of differing cultural backgrounds, between educators and culturally diverse children and their parents, and across the multi-cultural communities that make up our society.  She has worked in African-American communities, among the native populations of Alaska, and in the villages of Papua New Guinea.  She has been a consultant for public school systems, colleges, and community groups across the country.  Delpit is the author of Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom (1995) and The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom (co-edited with Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, 2002).

Since 2002, Delpit is the executive director and eminent scholar for the Center for Urban Education and Innovation at Florida International University, Miami.  She formerly held the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Leadership at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Delpit received a B.A. (1974) from Antioch College, and an Ed.M. (1980) and an Ed.D. (1984) from Harvard University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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