Silvia Bettez

Silvia Bettez

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department

Office: 358 SOE Building


  • Ph.D. in Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Duke University
  • M.A. in Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz

Research & Publications

  • Social justice education
  • Sociology of education
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Critical multicultural education
  • Community building
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • Intercultural relations
  • Mixed race studies

Bettez, S. C. (2015). Navigating the complexity of qualitative research in postmodern contexts: Assemblage, critical reflexivity, and communion as guides. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 28(8), 932-954.

Bettez, S. C., & Hytten, K. (2013). Community building in social justice work: A critical approach. Educational Studies, 29(1), 45-66. *Awarded the 2013 Educational Studies Taylor and Francis Paper of the Year Honorable Mention

Bettez, S. C. (2012). But don’t call me white: Mixed race women exposing nuances of privilege and oppression politics. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense. *Awarded the AESA Critics’ Choice Award 2014

Bettez, S. C. (2012). Navigating the guilt vs. innocence dichotomy in teaching social justice. South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society 2011 Yearbook, 169-181.

Bettez, S. C. (2011). Critical community building: Beyond belonging. Educational Foundations, 25(3–4), 3–19.

Hytten, K., & Bettez, S. C. (2011). Understanding education for social justice. Educational Foundations, 25(1–2), 7–24.

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