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Derrick P. Alridge

Discipline: Social Foundations of Education
University of Virginia Curry School of Education

Derrick P. Alridge is a professor in the Social Foundations of Education program at the University of Virginia (UVa). His primary areas of scholarship are African American educational and intellectual history and the civil rights movement. He is the author of The Educational Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History and co-editor (with James B. Stewart and V.P. Franklin) of Message in the Music: Hip Hop, History & Pedagogy. Alridge’s scholarship has appeared in History of Education QuarterlyThe Journal of African American HistoryThe Journal of Negro EducationTeachers College RecordEducational Researcher, and numerous other scholarly journals and volumes. Alridge is also a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former postdoctoral fellow of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.

Professor Alridge is the director and principal investigator of Teachers in the Movement, an oral history research project that explores the activism of teachers in the civil rights movement. Alridge serves as an associate editor for The Journal of African American History, a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and a senior editor for the American Journal of Education. Currently, he is writing The Hip Hop Mind: An Intellectual History of the Social Consciousness of a Generation (under contract with the University of Wisconsin Press) and conducting research on Walter N. Ridley, UVa’s first African American graduate.