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Ernest Morrell

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara, Single Subject Credential (English), University of California, Berkeley; M.A. Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of California, Berkeley.

Scholarly Interests

Critical Educational Theory
Social Movement Theory
Pedagogies of Social Change
English Education
Sociology of Urban Education
African-American Education
Cultural Reproduction and Resistance
Critical Multiculturalism
The Teaching of Literature
Postcolonial Theories
Literature and Popular Culture as Pedagogy
Critical Media Pedagogy
Race and American Schooling
Transformative School Change

Selected Publications


Morrell, E., and Scherff, L. (Eds.) (2014 in press). Powerful English Education: Critical and Culturally Relevant Teaching and Research. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


Morrell, E., Duenas, R., Garcia, V, and Lopez, J. (2013). Critical Media Pedagogies: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools. New York: Teachers College Press.


Garcia, A., and Morrell, E. (Eds.) (2013). City Youth and the Pedagogy of Participatory Media. Learning, Media, and Technology. London: Taylor and Francis [Special Issue]

Duncan-Andrade, J., and Morrell, E. (2008) The Art of Critical Pedagogy: The Promise of Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools. New York: Peter Lang.

Morrell, E. (2008). Critical Literacy and Urban Youth: Pedagogies of Access, Dissent, and Liberation. New York: Routledge.

Morrell, E. (2004). Linking Literacy and Popular Culture: Finding Connections for Lifelong Learning. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon.

Morrell, E. (2004). Becoming Critical Researchers: Literacy and Empowerment for Urban Youth. New York: Peter Lang.

Book Chapters and Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Morrell, E. (2014). Toward a Critical Model of Teacher Learning: Lessons from the South Carolina Reading Initiative. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 30 (3)


Morrell, E. (2014). Cultures, contexts, and codes: An interview with NCTE President Ernest Morrell. English Journal, 103 (4) 12-15.


Bautista, M., Bertrand, M., Morrell, E., Scorza, D., and Matthews, C. (2013). Participatory Action Research and City Youth: Methodological Insights from the Council of Youth Research. Teachers College Record, 115 (2).


Mirra, N., Morrell, E., Cain, E., Scorza, D., and Ford, A. (2013). Educating for a critical democracy: Civic participation re-imagined in the council of youth research. Democracy and Education, 21 (1) 1-10.


Morrell, E. (2013). Inventors of the Future: A Vision for NCTE and Our Affiliates. Statement.


Morrell, E. (2013). 21st century literacies, critical media pedagogy, and the future of English language arts. Reading Teacher, 66 (4)


Scorza, D., Mirra, N., and Morrell, E. (2013). It should just be education: Critical pedagogy normalized as academic excellence. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 4 (2), 15-34.


Morrell, E. (2012). Teachers as critical researchers: An empowering model for urban education. In G. Cannella & S. Steinberg (Eds). The Critical Qualitative Research Reader (pp. 364-379). New York: Peter Lang.


Morrell, J., and Morrell, E. (2012). Linking the Word to the World: Connecting Multicultural Literature to the Lives of 21st Century Youth. The Dragon Lode.


Morrell, E., and Morrell, J. (2012). Multicultural Readings of Multicultural Literature and the Promotion of Social Awareness in ELA Classrooms. New England Reading Association Journal, 47(2), 10-16.


Garcia, A., and Morrell, E. (2013). City youth and the pedagogy of participatory media. Learning, Media, and Technology, 38 (2), 123-137.

Morrell, E. (2011). Critical Approaches to Media in Urban English Language Arts Teacher Development. Action in Teaching Education, 33 (2).

Morrell, E., and Noguera, P. (2011). A Framework for Change: A Broader and Bolder Approach to School Reform. Teachers College Record. August 4. 2011. ID 16503.

Morrell, E. (2011). The Importance of Context in Literacy Instruction. In D. Fisher and D. Lapp. (Eds.)The Handbook of Research on English Language Arts (pp. 69-76). New York: Routledge.

Rogers, J., and Morrell, E. (2011). A Force to Reckon With: The Campaign for College Access in Los Angeles. In M. Orr and J. Rogers (Eds.). Public Engagement and Public Education: Joining Forces to Revitalize Democracy and Equalize Schools (pp. 227-250). Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Mirra, N., and Morrell, E. (2011). Teachers as Civic Agents: Toward a Critical Democratic Theory of Urban Teacher Development Journal of Teacher Education, 62 (4), 1-14.

Morrell, E. (2011). Teachers as critical researchers: An empowering model for urban education. In G. Cannella & S. Steinberg (Eds). The Critical Qualitative Research Reader. New York: Peter Lang.

Florio-Ruane, S. and Morrell, E. (2011). Discourse Analysis: Conversation. In N. Duke and M. Mallette. Literacy Research Methodologies. New York: Guilford, Completely revised second edition.

Morrell, E. (2010). Critical Literacy, Educational Investment, and the Blueprint for Educational Reform: An Analysis of the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 54 (2) 146-149.

Morrell, E. (2009). Critical Research and the Future of Literacy Education. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 53 (2), 96-104.

Morrell, E. (2009). Teaching Hip-hop in the English Classroom. In R. Hammer and D. Kellner (Eds.) Media/Cultural Studies: Critical Approaches (pp. 152-164). New York: Peter Lang.

Morrell, E. (2008). Teaching Became a Revolution. In S. Nieto (Ed.) Dear Paulo: Letters from those who dare teach (pp. 102-103). New York: Paradigm.

Morrell, E. (2008). Rebel Musics: African Diaspora Popular Culture and Critical Literacies. In C. Payne and C. Strickland (Eds.)Teach Freedom: The African American Tradition of Education for Liberation (pp. 222-235). New York: Teachers College Press.

Morrell, E., and Duncan-Andrade, J. (2008). Comin’ from the School of Hard Knocks: Hip and the Revolution of English Classrooms in City Schools. In B. Ayres, G. Ladson-Billings, G. Michie, and P. Noguera (Eds.) City Kids, City Schools: More reports from the front row (pp. 197-207). New York: New Press. 

Morrell, E. (2008). The Critical Uses of Hip-hop in Antiracist Education. In M. Pollock (Ed.) Everyday Antiracism (pp. 161-165). New York: New Press.

Morrell, E. (2008). Creating Communities of Writers and Connections Between Writers and Communities: Professional Resources for Teachers. Language Arts, 85 (4) , 322-324.

Morrell, E. (2007). Youth Participatory Action Research, Civic Engagement, and Educational Reform: Lessons from the IDEA Seminar. In J. Camarrota and M. Fine (Eds). Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion (pp. 155-185). New York: Routledge.

Morrell, E. (2007). Preface. In sj Miller and L. Norris. Unpacking the Loaded Teacher Matrix: Negotiating Space and Time Between University and Secondary English Classrooms (pp. xi-xv). New York: Peter Lang.

Duncan-Andrade, J., and Morrell, E. (2007). Critical Pedagogy and Popular Culture in an Urban English Classroom. In J. Kincheloe and P. McLaren (Eds.) Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Now? (pp. 183-201). New York: Peter Lang.

Morrell, E. (2007). Critical Literacy and Popular Culture in Urban Education: Toward a Pedagogy of Access and Dissent. In C. Clark and M. Blackburn (Eds.). Literacy Research for Political Action and Social Change (pp. 235-255). New York: Peter Lang.

Morrell, E. (2007). Urban Students as Critical Ethnographers: Critical Textual Production through Community-Based Research. In J. Kincheloe & K. Hayes (Eds.), Teaching City Kids: Understanding and Appreciating Them (pp. 267-281). New York: Peter Lang.

Rogers, J., Morrell, E., and Enyedy, N. (2007). Contexts for becoming critical researchers: Designing for identities and creating new learning opportunities. American Behavioral Scientist, 51 (3), 419-443.

Barone, D., and Morrell, E. (2007). Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading: Preparing Teachers for a Changing World. Reading Research Quarterly, 42 (1), 167-180.

Morrell, E., and Rogers, J. (2006). Students as Critical Public Historians: Insider Research on Diversity and Access in Post Brown v. Board Los Angeles. Social Education, 70 (6), 366-369.

Morrell, E. (2006). Critical Participatory Action Research and the Literacy Achievement of Ethnic Minority Groups. 55th Annual Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, 55, 60-78.

Morrell, E., and Duncan-Andrade, J. (2006). Popular Culture and Critical Media Pedagogy in Secondary Literacy Classrooms. International Journal of Learning, 12 (9), 273-280. 

Boyd, F., Morrell, E., et. al. (2006). Real teaching for real diversity: Preparing English language arts teachers for 21st century classrooms. English Education,  38 (4), 329-350.

Morrell, E., and Orellana, M. (2006). Professional Resources for Teaching Multimodal Literacies. Language Arts, 84 (1), 87-92.

Morrell, E. (2006). Toward a Bottom-Up Accountability System in Urban Education: Students as Researchers in Urban Schools. In J.Cammarota, S. Ginwright, and P. Noguera (Eds.) Beyond Resistance! Youth Activism and Community Change (pp. 111-129). New York: Routledge.

Burns, L., and Morrell, E. (2005). Critical Discourse Analysis in Literacy Research. 54th Annual Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, 54, 132-143.

Morrell, E. (2005). Toward a Critical English Education: Reflections on and Projections for the Discipline. English Education, 37 (4), 312-322

Duncan-Andrade, J. and Morrell, E. (2005). Turn Up That Radio, Teacher: Popular Cultural Pedagogy in New Century Urban Schools. Journal of School Leadership, 15, 284-308.

Morrell, E. (2004). Bahktin’s Dialogic Pedagogy: Implications for Critical Pedagogy, Teacher Research, and Literacy Education in the United States. Journal of Russian and Eastern European Psychology , 42 (6), 90-95.

Collatos, A., Morrell, E., Lara, R., and Nuno, A. (2004). Critical Sociology in K-16 Early Intervention: Remaking Latino Pathways to Higher Education. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 3 (2), 164-180.

Morrell, E., & Duncan-Andrade, J. (2004) What Youth Do Learn in School: Using Hip-Hop as a Bridge to Canonical Poetry. In J. Mahiri (Ed.), What They Don't Learn in School: Literacy in the Lives of Urban Youth (pp. 247-268). New York: Peter Lang.

Florio-Ruane, S. and Morrell, E. (2004). Discourse Analysis: Conversation. In N. Duke and M. Mallette. Literacy Research Methodologies (pp. 46-61). New York: Guilford.

Morrell, E. (2003). English/Language Arts Curriculum Revisited: Using Court Trials to Teach Writing in Secondary English Classrooms. Florida English Journal, 39 (1), 20-22.

Morrell, E., & Collatos, A. (2003). Toward a Critical Teacher Pedagogy: Utilizing Student Sociologists as Teacher Educators. Social Justice, 29 (4), 60-71.

Morrell, E. (2003). Writing to Change the World: Creating Critical and Relevant Texts in Secondary English Classrooms. Language Arts Journal of Michigan, 19 (1), 25-27.

Morrell, E. (2003). Legitimate Peripheral Participation as Professional Development: Lessons from a Summer Research Seminar. Teacher Education Quarterly, 30 (2), 89-99.

Collatos, A., & Morrell, E. (2003). Apprenticing Urban Youth as Critical Researchers: Implications for School Reform. In B. Rubin and E. Silva (Eds.) Critical Voices in School Reform: Students Living Through Change (pp.113-132). New York: Routledge/Falmer.

Morrell, E. (2003). Teaching about Diversity through Popular Film in Secondary English Classrooms. Arizona English Bulletin, 45 (2), 23-27.

Morrell, E. (2002). Putting Chaucer on Trial: Using Popular Cultural Schemata to Increase Critical Reading in Secondary Classrooms. California English, 7 (5), 24-25.

Morrell, E. (2002). Toward a Critical Pedagogy of Popular Culture: Literacy Development among Urban Youth. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 46 (1), 72-77.

Reprinted through the peer-reviewed internet journal of the International Reading Association Reading Online: Focus on Urban Education initiatives, 2003. 

Morrell, E., & Duncan-Andrade, J. (2002). Toward a Critical Classroom Discourse: Promoting Academic Literacy through Engaging Hip-hop Culture with Urban Youth. English Journal, 91 (6), 88-94.

Morrell, E. (2002). Getting Tuned In: Teaching Television and Film in Diverse Secondary English Classrooms. Indiana English, 25 (1), 22-25.

Morrell, E. (2002). Cybercommunities of Practice: Implications for Secondary English Teachers. Michigan English Teacher, 54 (2), 14.

Morrell, E. (2002). Teaching Popular Culture to Diverse Students in Secondary English Classrooms: Implications for Literacy Development. Language Arts Journal of Michigan, 18 (1), 9-12.

Oakes, J., Rogers, J., Lipton, M., & Morrell, E. (2002). The Social Construction of College Access: Confronting the Technical, Cultural, and Political in Eligibility. In Tierney, W.G. and Haggerdon, L.S. (Eds.), Extending our Reach: Strategies for Increasing Access to College (pp.105-121). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

active professional organizations

American Educational Research Association (AERA); Class of 2014 Fellow of AERA

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), President (2013-2014)

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

Literacy Research Association

International Reading Association

Caribbean Studies Association

Ernest Morrell appeared in the following articles:

TC President, 11 Faculty Make 2014 EduScholar Public Influence Rankings (1/9/2014)

Inaugural Gordon Lecture Focuses on the "Lost Question" of Race in Education (10/1/2013)

Barry Goldenberg: The Bus Stops Here (7/1/2013)

C-Span Covered Bullying Conference Front to Back (3/6/2013)

Professor Emeritus Edmund Gordon (3/4/2013)

Professor Emeritus Edmund Gordon (3/4/2013)

Using Schools to Stop School Bullying (1/16/2013)

Taking Student Health to Scale (12/7/2012)

Rethinking Literacy in a Digital Age (11/19/2012)

Ernest Morrell on Teaching Students to be Savvy Creators and Consumers of Digital Information (8/24/2012)

Video Highlights from TC's Other Curriculum (5/10/2012)

Research in Practice: Finding Answers in the Classroom (4/13/2012)

Educational Equity for Undocumented Students: Legislators to Discuss Dream Act for New York State on April 10 at TC (4/9/2012)

Ernest Morrell Comments on Violence and Overpolicing in Schools (12/7/2011)

Morrell Installed as Vice President of National Council of Teachers of English (11/22/2011)

Susan Fuhrman will Lead Teachers College for a Second Term (11/2/2011)

Sealey-Ruiz Co-Edits Special Journal Issue on the Disappearance of Black Teachers (10/25/2011)

SPI Summer Institute Focuses on Ways to Take Student Voices Public (8/18/2011)

Always Agitating -- But Never Agitated (6/30/2011)

Student Press Initiative to Hold Second Annual Summer Institute (6/21/2011)

New IUME Director Elected to Leadership of National Literacy Coalition (6/16/2011)

A New Leader at IUME (5/20/2011)

A New Leader at IUME (2/7/2011)

A New Leader at IUME (1/25/2011)