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Jason G. Irizarry
Associate Professor

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry is an Associate Professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, youth participatory action research, and Latino students in U.S. schools. A central focus of his work involves promoting the academic achievement of youth in urban schools by addressing issues associated with teacher education. Manuscripts documenting the findings of his research have been published or accepted for publication in a variety of peer-reviewed journals in the field including the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Education and Urban Society, Multicultural Perspectives, the Journal of Latinos and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Centro Journal of Puerto Rican Studies and others appearing as chapters in various books. He is also the author of The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts (Paradigm Publishers, 2011).

•Ed.D. Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005

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Phone: (860) 486-9523
Fax: (860) 486-0280


Office Hours:
Mondays 9:00-12:00, Tuesdays 1:00-4:00, and by appt.

Mailing Address:
Neag School of Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3033
Storrs, CT 06269-3033

Current Courses Taught:

EDCI 5875 Multicultural Education

EDCI 5885 Critical Pedagogy

EDCI 6094 Research in Urban Schools and Communities


American Educational Research Association (AERA) Leadership for Social Justice SIG “Bridge Person” Award, 2011

University of Connecticut, Puerto Rican and Latino Cultural Center, Outstanding Faculty Award, 2011

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Junior Faculty Fellowship 2010

Neag School of Education Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award 2008

NCTE Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Fellowship 2006-2008


National Association for Multicultural Education

American Educational Research Association

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

Puerto Rican Studies Association

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Irizarry, J.G. (2012). Los Caminos: Latino/a youth forging pathways into higher education. Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education. 11(3) 291–309.

Irizarry, J.G. & Donaldson, M.L. (2012). Teach for América: The latinization of U.S.schools and the critical shortage of Latina/o teachers. American EducationalResearch Journal (AERJ), 49(1), 155-194.

Irizarry, J.G. (2011). Buscando la libertad: Latino youth in search of freedomin school. Democracy and Education, 19(1), 1-10.

Irizarry, J.G. (2011). En la lucha: The struggles and triumphs of Latino/apreservice teachers. Teachers College Record, 113(12), 2804-2835.

Irizarry, J.G. (2011). The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishing.

Irizarry, J.G. & Raible, J. (2010). As cultures collide: Unpacking thesociopolitical context surrounding English Language Learners. In Milner, H.R.(Ed) (2010). Culture, Curriculum, and Identity in Education: Progressive Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 129-158.

Irizarry, J.G. (2010). Culturally responsive pedagogy. In Cooper, J.M. (Ed). Classroom Teaching Skills (9th Edition). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Irizarry, J.G. & Nieto, S. (2009). Latino theoretical contributions to educational praxis: Abriendo caminos, construyendo puentes. In Murillo, E. (Ed.) (2009). Handbook of Latinos and Education: Research, Theory & Practice. Mahwah, NJ:Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 108-123.

Irizarry, J.G. (2009). Representin’: Drawing from urban youth culture to inform teacher preparation. Education and Urban Society, 41(4), 489-515.

Irizarry, J.G. (2009). Reinvigorating multicultural education through participatory action research. Multicultural Perspectives, 11(4), 194-199.

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