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Gibbs, Brian

Assistant Professor

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“Radical simply means grasping things at the root.”

—Angela Y. Davis

“The world is on fire, and the youth of the world must be equipped to combat the conflagration.”

—Harold Rugg


Brian Gibbs earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus on social studies teaching and critical theory and a minor in Education Policy Studies. Dr. Gibbs’ work is rooted in the task of teaching, the possibilities of learning, and the potential of schools as sites individual and collective transformation. His research interests include the possibilities and limits of critical, democratic and justice-oriented pedagogy and teaching practices, as well as the intersection of teacher ideology, choice and decision making in the implementation of pedagogy and curriculum within the context of policy-driven standardization. His work also explores the role school leadership can play in finding and expanding the space for critical and justice oriented teaching.

Dr. Gibbs student taught in Shiprock, New Mexico in the Navajo Nation while living with students in a public boarding school. He went on to teach social studies in East Los Angeles, California for 16 years at Hollenbeck Middle School (one year) and Theodore Roosevelt High School (15 years). During that time he served as department chair and small school lead teacher, served on school and district level committees, and wrote inquiry-driven, discussion-based, critical, justice-oriented, and interdisciplinary classroom curriculum. While a classroom teacher he was a lecturer in the schools of education at Claremont Graduate University, UCLA, USC, and Antioch LA, while also developing and running professional development experiences for K-12 teachers and schools in the greater Los Angeles area. He has been twice Nationally Board Certified in 1999 and 2008.

When not in his office, Dr. Gibbs can most likely be found outside the classrooms of local teachers begging them to let him teach just one last lesson, one more time.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Curriculum and Instruction (major), Education Policy Studies (minor)
  • M.Ed. University of California, Los Angeles, Principal Leadership Institute (PLI)
  • B.S. Miami University (OH) Social Studies Education
  • B.A. Miami University (OH) History

Doctoral Program Affiliation(s)

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Ph.D. in Education

Research Interests

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Social Justice and Democratic Education
  • Teacher Disposition, Understanding, Positionality, and Ideology
  • School Transformation
  • History of Education

Teaching Areas

  • Curriculum and Instruction

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
  • College and University Faculty Association (CUFA)
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH)
  • National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)
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