Teresa L. McCarty 


Member Since: 2019


Teresa L. McCarty is an educational anthropologist whose work focuses on Indigenous education and language education policy. She is the George F. Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Alice Wiley Snell Professor Emerita of Education Policy Studies at Arizona State University. A Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Society for Applied Anthropology, and International Centre for Language Revitalisation, she has also been the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the School for Advanced Research. She served as editor of American Educational Research Journal and Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and she coedits the Journal of American Indian Education. Her books include A Place To Be Navajo—Rough Rock and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Indigenous Schooling, “To Remain an Indian”—Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education (with K.T. Lomawaima), Ethnography and Language Policy, Language Planning and Policy in Native America, Indigenous Language Revitalization in the Americas (with S. Coronel-Molina), The Anthropology of Education Policy (with A.E. Castagno), and A World of Indigenous Languages (with S.E. Nicholas and G. Wigglesworth). In 2010 she received the George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education for distinguished and inspirational contributions to educational anthropology. In 2015 she presented the American Educational Research Association’s 12th Annual Brown Lecture, “So That Any Child May Succeed—Indigenous Pathways Toward Justice and the Promise of Brown.” She is currently Principal Investigator of a U.S.-wide study of Indigenous-language immersion schooling funded by the Spencer Foundation.  

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