MacArthur Fellows Program

Lisa Delpit

Education Reform Leader | Class of 1990

Education Reform Leader
Baltimore, Maryland
38 at time of award
Area of Focus
Education and Training
Published August 1, 1990

About Lisa's Work

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

Select News Coverage of Lisa Delpit
More Fellows

View All 1990 Fellows

Stay Informed
Sign up for periodic news updates and event invitations.

Connect with us on social media or view all of our social media content in one place.

The privacy of your data is important to us. We've updated our privacy policies in response to General Data Protection Regulation.