Ryan Evely Gildersleeve

Associate Professor & Program Coordinator, Higher Education Program

  • Biographical Description

    • Ryan Evely Gildersleeve's (RyanEG) research investigates the social and political contexts of educational opportunity for historically marginalized communities, with a focus on college access and success for Latino (im)migrant families. A critical qualitative methodologist, he is interested in theorizing a humanizing materialist inquiry that informs social policy for more democratic educational 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 is one of the 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 recently released 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.

  • Summer Reading List

    • Just the beginning ... 

      1. The Attainment Agenda by Laura Perna and Joni Finney (Johns Hopkins University Press)
      2. Youth Held at the Border by Lisa (Leigh) Patel (Teachers College Press)
      3. The Imperial University by Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira (University of Minnesota Press)
      4. Mothers United: An Immigrant Struggle for Socially Just Education by Andrea Dyrness (University of Minnesota Press)
      5. And of course, my annual pilgrimage into poststructuralism ... This is Not a Pipe by Michel Foucault (University of California Press)



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