Silvia Bettez

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department
Silvia Bettez

Office: 358 SOE Building

Research Interest

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


  • 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


Dr. Bettez teaches about issues of social justice in a graduate program including classes such as Teaching Social Justice and Sociology of Education. Her scholarship centralizes social justice with a focus on fostering critical community building, teaching for social justice, and promoting equity through intercultural communication and engagement. She has published articles in several journals (see CV). She is active in the American Educational Studies Association including as a former executive council member, serves on the School of Education Faculty Access & Equity Committee, and is a member and the former co-chair of the UNCG Coalition for Diverse Language Communities.

Link to Dr. Bettez’s CV


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.