Antonia Darder

Antonia Darder

Antonia Darder is a distinguished international scholar in critical pedagogy and the writings of Paulo Freire. She holds the Leavey Presidential Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and is Professor Emerita of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her scholarship focuses on issues of racism, political economy, social justice, and education. Her work critically engages the contributions of Paulo Freire to our understanding of social inequalities in schools and society.


Antonia is the author of Culture and Power in the Classroom and Reinventing Paulo Freire: A Pedagogy of Love, named outstanding book in curriculum by the American Educational Research Association. She is also co-author of After Race: Racism After Multiculturalism. She is the editor of Culture and Difference and co-editor of Latinos and Education; The Latino Studies Reader: Culture, Economy and Society, and The Critical Pedagogy Reader, considered a premier text for its use in foundations courses.

In 2012, the 20th anniversary edition of Culture and Power in the Classroom was released, as well as A Dissident Voice: Essay on Culture, Pedagogy, and Power, a twenty-year retrospective of her writings, which includes her poetry. Forthcoming in 2013 is a new edition of Latinos and Education: A Critical Reader; and in late 2014, Paulo Freire and Education, as well as The International Critical Pedagogy Reader will be released.

Antonia is co-editor of the Postcolonial Studies in Education Book Series published by Palgrave and on the editorial and advisory boards of numerous journal publications in the field.