Tara J. Yosso


Tara J. Yosso, School of Education

Tara J. Yosso's research and teaching apply the frameworks of critical race theory and critical media literacy to examine educational access and equity, emphasizing the community cultural wealth students of color bring to school. She has authored numerous collaborative and interdisciplinary chapters and articles in publications such as the Harvard Educational Review, Education Administration Quarterly, and The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities, and has been awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diversity and Excellence in University Teaching. Her article, "Whose Culture has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth," has become the top cited article in Race Ethnicity and Education since its publication in 2005, with over 1,000 citations. The American Educational Studies Association recognized her book, Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicana/Chicano Educational Pipeline (Routledge) with a 2008 Critics' Choice Book Award.

Yosso joined the SOE faculty after 15 years at the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her PhD in urban schooling in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also took cognates in the Department of Film and Television. Her current book project deconstructs Hollywood's urban school genre with a particular focus on images from 1955 to 2007, which take troubling racial myths of students of color as violent, sexually driven, unintelligent, and transport these distortions into an urban high school classroom setting. The book seeks to encourage educators and students to consider some of the real implications of this reel pedagogy.

Yosso teaches courses in the following program(s):
Educational Foundations and Policy




Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2017 EDUC 719. Pedagogies of Diversity, Inclusion, Justice and Equity Promoted course. Read description »

Fall 2017 EDUC 718. Critical Race Theory in Education Promoted course. Read description »


Room 4114
734.615.8983 yosso@umich.edu