Dr. Lisa Delpit


Expertise: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Dr. Lisa Delpit Executive Director/Eminent Scholar, Center for Urban Education & Innovation, Florida International University

Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education B.A. Antioch College

Dr. Delpit founded the Center in 1997. At that time the name of the organization was The Center for Urban Educational Excellence. Alonzo A. Crim was added after Dr. Crim passing in 2000.

Research Areas: Dr. Delpit has won accolades for her work on teaching and learning in urban schools and in diverse cultural settings. She has studied education in both Alaska and New Guinea, published several books, and is a sought-after speaker. Delpit’s placement as one of the foremost educators and writers on the subject of culturally-relevant approaches to educating students of color began with a series of eloquent, plain-spoken essays in the Harvard Educational Review. These essays questioned the validity of some popular teaching strategies for African-American students and were eventually spun off into a book titled, Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. The book, published in 1995 has been cited for the ongoing debate surrounding what she describes as “finding ways and means to best educate urban students, particularly African-American, and other students of color”.

Activities & Honors: Dr. Lisa Delpit received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Education in 1993 from Harvard Graduate School of Education, which hailed her as a “visionary scholar and woman of courage.” Her work on school-community relations and cross-cultural communication was cited when she received her MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Delpit has also been selected as the Antioch College Horace Mann Humanity Award recipient for 2003, which recognizes a contribution by alumni of Antioch College who have “won some victory for humanity.”

Selected Publications:

  • Delpit, Lisa. (1995). Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. NY: New Press.
  • Delpit, Lisa. (1998). The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children (co-edited with Theresa Perry). Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • Delpit, Lisa. (2002). The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom (co-edited with Joanne Kilgour Dowdy). NY: New Pres