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Derrick P. Alridge

Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Bavaro Hall 319
417 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1997
M.Ed., Winthrop University, 1992
B.A., Winthrop College, 1987

Derrick P. Alridge, Professor in the Curry School of Education, is a U.S. educational and intellectual historian whose work examines African American education and the civil rights movement. He is the author of The Educational Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History (2008) and co-editor, with James B. Stewart and V.P. Franklin, of Message in the Music: Hip-Hop, History, and Pedagogy (2011). He is currently writing The Hip Hop Mind: Ideas, History, and Social Consciousness (University of Wisconsin Press) and is co-editor, with Neil Bynum, of The Black Intellectual Tradition in the United States in the Twentieth Century (in progress). Alridge is a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and postdoctoral fellow of the National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation and Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Alridge is also the founder and director of Teachers in the Movement, an oral history project that examines the ideas and pedagogy of teachers in the civil rights movement.

CU-Teachers in the Movement
Source: Spencer Foundation
August 01, 2016 – July 31, 2023
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site¿ Ethnographic Resource Study
Source: U.S. Depart. of the Interior - Natl. Park Service
September 21, 2018 – December 31, 2021
CU-The 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement: The Protests, The People, The Stories
Source: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
December 11, 2015 – May 31, 2017
EDLF 3240: Education in Multicultural Societies
Credits: 3
How have global and local forces shaped notions of multiculturalism in different societies around the world? How have these notions led to different ideas about pluralism in relation to educational practices? We explore these questions by focusing on education in the U.S., China, India, South Africa, Brazil, and more. This course is interdisciplinary. Students with interests in education and multiculturalism from all fields of study are welcome.
EDLF 3470: Hip-Hop History and Global Movements
Credits: 3
Examines the history of hip-hop as an educational and social movement in the United States and around the globe. Explores hip-hop as a form of global literacy that transcends race, gender, culture, and ethnicity. Includes lectures, group discussions, poetry readings, emcee and spoken word sessions, and critical reviews of hip-hop music.
EDLF 4610: Civil Rights Movement and Education
Credits: 3
This course is a "bottom-up" history of education seminar on African Americans' struggle for equal education during the civil rights movement. As "bottom up" history, the course explores and seeks out overlooked and untold stories of youth and teacher activism. The course will include learning how to do oral history and engagement with the local community.
EDLF 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDLF 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Directed Research under supervision of faculty member.
EDIS 5780: Teaching African American History
Credits: 3
This course explores African American history and the teaching of African American history from Ancestral Africa through the present day with a focus on critical perspectives and historiography. Teaching methods will focus on culturally competent teaching practices, critical inquiry and facilitating classroom discussions about race and history.
EDLF 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 7602: History of American Education
Credits: 3
The development of education in the United States since colonial times, emphasizing the social-historical forces and ideological concepts that determined the direction and nature of education in the United States to the present.
EDLF 8998: Masters Research Internship
Credits: 1–12
Designed to give masters students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Permission of Advisor
EDLF 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Under close faculty guidance, students work on an area of interest not covered by the curriculum. A plan of study must be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Advisor Permission Required.
EDLF 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.