Dr. Diedre Houchen

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Diedre F. Houchen is a researcher, educator, and writer. She became the Center for the Study of Race & Race Relations‘ Postdoctoral Associate in 2016. She has taught race and education, history of education, and teacher education courses in University of Florida’s College of Education. is grounded in emancipatory educational theory focused on historic Black educational experiences in the United States. Her work as a youth advocate, program developer, middle and high school teacher and teacher educator deepened her understanding of the challenges facing public education. Pursuing education and attaining beneficial educational outcomes remains an abiding challenge for Black students, particularly those living in the urban core. During de jure segregation, African American students were systemically obstructed from pursuing a quality liberal arts education. Yet scholarship on this struggle and on historic Black K-12 institutions is sparse and under-theorized. Her analyses build on seminal work to suggest that southern Black schools during the Jim Crow era were complex grounds of theoretical and philosophical construction, resistance, and school-related achievement. Dr. Houchen is published in the areas of urban education, teaching, and learning. Her most recent work is a historical ethnographic case study of African American educators during Jim Crow entitled: The Transcendent Pedagogy of Lincoln High School, 1921-1955: The Aims, Pursuits, and Professional Development of African American Educators During De Jure Segregation.

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