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PhD, Boston University; EdD, Boston University; MA, New York University; BA, University of Massachusetts Boston

Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education, University of Massachusetts Boston

Author of: The Globalization of Racism (co-editor Panayota Gounari, 2006); Howard Zinn on Democratic Education (co-author Howard Zinn, 2005); The Hegemony of English (co-authors Bessie Dendrinos and Panayota Gounari, 2003); Literacy: Ideology Matters (co-authored with Paulo Freire, 2002); Chomsky on Miseducation (with Noam Chomsky, 2000); Dancing With Bigotry (with Lilia Bartolome, 1999); Critical Education in the New Information Age (with Manuel Castells, Ramón Flecha, Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux and Paul Willis, 1999); Literacies of Power: What Americans Are Not Allowed to Know (1994); Reading the Word and the World (with Paulo Freire, 1987)

A critical theorist, linguist, and expert on literacy and education studies, Macedo is the founder and former director of the Applied Linguistics Master of Arts Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He previously taught at several other universities, including Cornell, Boston University, and Harvard. Macedo has been a central figure in the field of critical pedagogy for more than 20 years, and he has collaborated frequently with Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire, also a leading advocate of critical pedagogy.

In fact, Macedo was Freire’s chief translator and English language interpreter. Their coauthored book Literacy: Reading the World and the Word is central to critical literacy in that it redefines the nature of literacy and critical pedagogy. Macedo's work in translating and editing Freire's books as well as his individual research has been significant to the whole field of critical pedagogy. Macedo has published more than 100 articles, books, and book chapters, and his publications have been translated into several languages.

Macedo feels that his proudest accomplishment, though, is the more than $30 million he has secured in grants, which have enabled him to award an average of 75 scholarships annually since 1981. Macedo’s scholarships support students who would not be able to pursue their university studies without such assistance. He feels that his reward has been the students’ gratitude, many of whom are immigrants.

Macedo himself was raised in an immigrant community in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has said that his scholarly work relies on his ongoing connection and service to local communities. This includes grant writing, grassroots project development, and mentoring. His continued engagement in grassroots community political work informs his academic research.

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