Leigh Patel joined the School of Education on July 2 as the inaugural associate dean of equity and justice.
With a background in sociology, Patel researches and teaches about education as a site of social reproduction and as a potential site for transformation
Patel previously was a professor in the Education, Society, and Culture program at the UC Riverside Graduate School of Education. She previously spent 13 years as a tenured faculty member at Boston College.
“I am greatly looking forward to working across research, policy, and practice to further equity and justice,” Patel said in a news release. “With every action, we are further equity and justice or impeding, and often there is a combination at work. I am excited to take up hard questions of these intricacies with this fantastic group of students, staff, and faculty.
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