David E. Kirkland, PhD/JD, is a Distinguished Professor of English and Urban Education at New York University. He also serves as Vice Dean for Equity, Belonging, and Community Action, and the Executive Director of The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools. He is an activist and educator, cultural critic and author, and a leading national scholar and advocate for educational justice. While Dr. Kirkland’s work has always centered equity and culturally responsive-sustaining education, his most recent work with the NYU Metro Center has focused on supporting instruction responsive to the social, cultural, and emotional needs of students during the unique challenge of remote learning. Dr. Kirkland taught secondary school and served as a school administrator in Michigan and New York. He has also organized youth empowerment and youth mentoring programs in major U.S. cities and he currently leads efforts to enhance education options for vulnerable youth throughout the U.S. Dr. Kirkland has received many awards for his research and educational advocacy work; a full list can be found here.

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-How a ‘dyslexic black boy’ fell in love with words

-Elements of Opression Interview with David E. Kirkland

-NYU’s David Kirkland explains the ‘transformation’ needed to integrate the city’s schools

-English Professor Directs NYU Center to Make Education More Equitable


A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men (Language and Literacy Series)


Guidance on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Remote Education Centering Equity, Access, and Educational Justice. Download pdf