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PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison; MA, Seattle University; BA, Central Washington State University; BA, Willamette University

Professor Emerita, College of Professional Studies, California State University, Monterey Bay

Author of: Un-standardizing Curriculum: Multicultural Teaching in Standards-Based Classrooms (2005/2017); White Bread: Weaving Cultural Past into the Present (2015); Diversifying the Teacher Workforce (2015); Power, Teaching and Teacher Education (2013); School Education, Pluralism and Marginality: Comparative Perspective (2012); Creating Solidarity across Diverse Communities: International Perspectives in Education (2012); Teaching with Vision: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Standards-Based Classrooms (2011); Culture, Difference, and Power (2001)

Dr. Christine Sleeter is an author, speaker, teacher, and activist who seeks to spark insight about respect for diverse people sharing space in classrooms, schools, and communities, and to prompt action for equity and justice. Her prolific research, particularly of ethnic studies, contributes to advocacy for racial justice in education.

Sleeter began her career as a high school teacher in Seattle, Washington, during a time of desegregation, which prompted her interest in urban youth and multicultural education, and triggered her awareness of social injustices. While working on her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she worked as a teaching assistant and then research specialist. Sleeter later was named Assistant Professor at Ripon College (WI) and then Professor at University of Wisconsin–Parkside. During her career, Sleeter has held visiting professorships at many universities in the United States and abroad.

A founding faculty member of California State University, Monterey Bay, and now Professor Emerita in the College of Professional Studies, Sleeter’s research focuses on anti-racist multicultural education, ethnic studies, and teacher education. She has published more than 150 articles and 20 books, including Un-Standardizing Curriculum (2nd ed.) and Diversifying the Teacher Workforce, and served on numerous editorial boards for scholarly journals. Her newest book, White Bread, is her first foray into fiction and explores the profound impact of critical family history on teacher ethnic identity.

Sleeter is past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Among her numerous awards, she was named a Charles DeGarmo Lecturer by the Society of Professors of Education in 2016. In 2012, Sleeter received the Chapman University Paulo Freire Education Project Social Justice Award. Also that year, she won the AERA Special Interest Group Multicultural and Multiethnic Education Lifetime Achievement Award. And in 2009, she was awarded the AERA Social Justice in Education Award.

When she’s not working, Dr. Sleeter enjoys reading fiction with her book group, knitting, hiking, attending theater performances, and visiting grandchildren with her partner Joe.
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