Ryan Evely Gildersleeve's (RyanEG) research investigates the philosophical foundations of American higher education in relationship to the social and political contexts of educational opportunity for historically marginalized communities. He has a particular interest in supporting Latin@ (im)migrant families. A critical qualitative methodologist, he is interested in theorizing a materialist inquiry that informs social policy for more democratic postsecondary institutions. These lines of research connect in their contributions to understanding what it means to seek social opportunities as democratic participants in an increasingly global society.
He is the author of Fracturing Opportunity: Mexican Migrant Students and College-Going Literacy (Peter Lang Publishers) and the forthcoming Undocumented Students in Higher Education (Routledge Publications). He was a 2012-2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellows, supporting his project Discourses of Opportunity: Undocumented Students and Higher Education Policy.
Alongside colleagues from the Disruptive Dialogue Project, RyanEG co-authored the 2012 volume, Qualitative Inquiry for Equity in Higher Education: Methodological Implications, Negotiations, and Responsibilities (Jossey-Bass Publishers) as part of the ASHE Higher Education Report Series. His methodological theorizing has appeared in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry and the International Review for Qualitative Research. RyanEG received the 2011 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Division D—Research Methodology.
RyanEG previously served as the inaugural Director of the Center for K-16 Education Policy and Research at the University of Texas at Arlington. His practical experience ranges across P-20 education, having worked primarily in out-of-classroom learning environments in K-12 schools as well as in transition/outreach, undergraduate, and graduate education contexts. He received his Ph.D. in Education and M.A. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA. RyanEG is a graduate of Occidental College.
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