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Antonia Darder, Ph.D.

Leavey Presidential Chair and Professor

Educational Leadership


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Antonia Darder is an internationally recognized Freirian scholar. She holds the Leavey Presidential Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and is Professor Emerita of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. For more than 30 years, her practice and scholarship have focused on political questions and ethical concerns linked to racism, class inequalities, language rights, critical pedagogy, Latino education, and social justice. More recently, her work has sought to articulate a critical theory of leadership for social justice and community engagement, as well as to theorize a pedagogy of beauty, in the pursuit of a liberatory practice of education. Dr. Darder’s scholarship has been deeply influenced by the world renowned Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire, whose ideas on schooling and society profoundly shaped the direction of her early work.

Beyond her scholarly efforts, Dr. Darder has been an activist and visual artist, participating in a variety of grassroots efforts tied to educational rights, worker’s rights, bilingual education, women’s issues, environmental justice, and immigrant rights. In the 1990s, she convened educators from across the state to establish the California Consortium of Critical Educators (CCCE), a member supported radical teachers’ organization committed to an educational vision of schooling intimately linked to social justice, human rights, and economic democracy. In 2005, she established a radio collective with students and community members who produced Liberacion!, a public affairs radio program on WEFT. As a member of the Champaign Urbana Independent Media Center, she was active as a community journalist with the Public I. In 2007, she worked with graduate students on an award winning documentary, Breaking Silence: The Pervasiveness of Oppression that examined the persistence of inequality at the university.‌


Darder, A. (2011). Culture and Power in the Classroom: A Critical Foundation for the Education of Bicultural Students. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press.

Darder, A. (2011). A Dissident Voice: Essays on Culture, Pedagogy and Power. New York: Peter Lang.

Darder, A., M. Baltodano, and R.D. Torres (2008). Critical Pedagogy Reader: Theory and
Practice (second edition). New York: Routledge.

Darder, A. and R.D. Torres (2003). After Race: Racism after Multiculturalism. New York: New York University Press.

Darder, A. (2002). Reinventing Paulo Freire: A Pedagogy of Love. Boulder Colorado: Westview Books.


Political Grace and the Struggle to Decolonize Community Practice

Radio Pedagogy and the Art of Resistance

Neoliberalism in the Academic Borderlands: An On-going Struggle for Equality and Human Rights

Politics of Restrictive Language Policies

Institutional Research as a Tool for Cultural Democracy

Teaching as an Act of Love: Reflections on Paulo Freire and His Contribution to Our Lives and Our Work

Areas of Interest

Courses Taught

EDLA 7951 Dissertation Seminar I 

EDLA 7952 Dissertation Seminar II 

EDLA 7953 Doctoral Seminar I 

Education (Degrees + Credentials)

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Education
M.A., Pacific Oaks College, Human Development with Specialization in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling 
B.A., California State University Los Angeles, Rehabilitation Counseling
A.S., Pasadena City College, Natural Sciences/Registered Nursing Program
Marriage, Family and Child Therapist
Registered Nurse
Community College Life Teaching Credential (Psychology)

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