Jabari Mahiri is a Professor in the Berkeley School of Education and the William and Mary Jane Brinton Family Chair in Urban Education. He is Faculty Director of Leadership Programs, Chair of the Leadership Board for the 21st Century California State Leadership Academies, Faculty Advisor for the Bay Area Writing Project, and a Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee of the National Writing Project.
Professor Mahiri's forthcoming book is entitled "Equity Conscious Leaders: Educating for an Anti-Racist World. He also is author of Deconstructing Race: Multicultural Education Beyond the Color-Bind (2017); Digital Tools in Urban Schools: Mediating a Remix of Learning (2011); Out of Bounds: When Scholarship Athletes become Academic Scholars (2010) with Derek Van Rheenen; and, Shooting for Excellence: African American and Youth Culture in New Century Schools (1998). He is editor of The First Year of Teaching: Classroom Research to Improve Student Learning (2014) with Sarah Freedman; and, What They Don't Learn in School: Literacy in the Lives of Urban Youth (2004). He also published a children's book, The Day They Stole the Letter J.
Dr. Mahiri received UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence; the Chancellor's Award for Community Service, the Leon Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service and Commitment to Equity and Diversity; and, the American Educational Research Association, Division G, Outstanding Mentorship Award. Before coming to Berkeley, he helped found and chaired the inaugural board of directors of the New Concept Development Center, an independent Chicago school that has been in existence for more than 30 years. He also was a credentialed English teacher in Chicago Public Schools for seven years.
Mahiri, J. (Forthcoming). Equity conscious leaders: Educating for an anti-racist world. Multicultural Education Series (James Banks, Editor). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Mahiri, J. (2017). Deconstructing race: Multicultural education beyond the color-bind. Multicultural Education Series (James Banks, Editor). New York: Teachers College Press.
Mahiri, J. and Freedman, S. (Eds.) (2014). The first year of teaching: Classroom research to improve student learning. New York: Teachers College Press.
Mahiri, J. (2011) Digital tools in urban schools: Mediating a remix of learning. Technologies of Imagination Series (Mimi Ito, Editor). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Mahiri, J. and Van Rheenen, D. (2010). Out-of-bounds: When scholarship athletes become academic scholars. Counterpoint Series. New York: Peter Lang.
Mahiri, J. (Ed.) (2004). What they don’t learn in school. Literacy in the lives of urban youth. New Literacy Studies Series. New York: Peter Lang.
Mahiri, J. (1998). Shooting for excellence: African American and youth culture in new century schools. New York: Teachers College Press, co-published with National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Mahiri, J. (1989). The day they stole the letter J. Chicago: Third World Press.
McBride, C. & Mahiri, J. (Dec. 2018). “OMG, Can I have your meme lesson? TY”: Affective literacies and collegial meaning-making in digitally-mediated participatory networks. Journal of Educational Sciences, 2018(2).
McBride, C. Mahiri, J. & Jimerson, L. (2018). Tinkering as digital equity practice: Defining and designing digital pedagogy. International Journal of Information and Learning Technology.
Mahiri, J. (2017). Multicultural education 2.0. Multicultural Education Review, 9(3). 143-146.
Mahiri, J. (2017). Multicultural education and micro-cultural youth. Multicultural Education Review, 9(2), 79-82.
Mahiri, J. & Gee, R. (2017). In-human development: A micro-cultures alternative. Human Development.
Mahiri, J. & Kim, G. (2016). Micro-cultures and the limits of multicultural education. Journal of Educational Sciences, 2016(1), 22-28.
Mahiri, J. (2015). Micro-cultures: Deconstructing race/expanding multiculturalism. Multicultural Education Review, 7(4), 1-11.
De Oliveira, J. M.; Henriksen, D.; Castañeda, L.; Marimon, M.; Barberá, E.; Monereo, C.; Coll, C.; Mahiri, J.; Mishra, P. (2015). The educational landscape of the digital age: Communication practices pushing (us) forward. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento (RUSC). Universities and Knowledge Society Journal, 12 (April).
Mahiri, J. & Maniates, H. (2013). The tough part: Getting first graders engaged in reading. The Reading Teacher, 67 (4), 255f-265.
Mahiri, J. (2012). Refereed Review: Science learning: Taking advantage oftechnology to promote knowledge integration. Research in Practice andAssessment, 6 (2), 52-55.
Wright, D. & Mahiri, J. (2012). Literacy learning within community action projects forsocial change. Featured article, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 56 (2).
Maniates, M. & Mahiri, J. (2011). Postscripts: Teaching reading in the aftermath of prescriptive curriculum policies. Language Arts, 89 (4), 410-421.
Mahiri, J. (2006). Digital DJ-ing: Rhythms of learning in an urban school. Language Arts, 84 (1), 55-62.Mahiri, J. (2005). From 3 R’s to 3 C’s: Corporate curriculum and culture in public schools. Social Justice, 32 (3), 72-88.
Mahiri, J. (2004). Researching teaching practices: “Talking the talk” versus “walking the walk.” Research in the Teaching of English, 38 (4), 467-472.
Mahiri, J. and Conner, E. (2004). Black youth violence has a bad rap. Journal of Social Issues, 59 (1), 121-140.
Mahiri, J. (2000a). Pop culture pedagogy and the end(s) of school. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 44 (4), 382-386.
Mahiri, J. (2000b). What will the social implications and interactions of schooling be in the next millennium? Reading Research Quarterly, 35 (3), 420-425.
Mahiri, J. (1998). Streets to schools: African American youth culture in the classroom. The Clearing House, 71 (6), 335-339.
Mahiri, J. & Godley, A. (1998). Re-writing identity: Social meanings of literacy and re-visions of self. Reading Research Quarterly, 33 (3), 2-19.
Mahiri, J. (1997). African American youth writing about crime and violence. Social Justice, 24 (4), 56-76.
Mahiri, J. & Sablo, S. (1996). Writing for their lives: Non-school literacy of urban, African American youth. Journal of Negro Education, 65 (2), 164-180.
Mahiri, J. (1994). African American males and learning: What discourse in sports offers schooling. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 25 (3), 1-13.
Mahiri, J. (1991). Discourse in sports: Language and literacy features of African American males in a youth basketball program. Journal of Negro Education, 60 (3), 305-313.
Mahiri, J. (2008). New literacies need new learning. A professional development wiki for educators." Developed for the Improving Teacher Quality Project (ITQP), a federally funded partnership between Montclair State University and East Orange School District, New Jersey. Available at: http://www.newlits.org/xxxxxxxBanks, J. A. & Mahiri, J. et. al. (2007). Learning in and out of school in diverse environments: Life-long, life-wide, life-deep. The Learning in Informal and Formal Environments Center. University of Washington, Seattle.
Deconstructing race in international perspective. Berlin, Germany. Dec. 2018.
Deconstructing race in international perspective. Heidelberg, Germany. Dec. 2018.
Multicultural education and learning methodologies. International Conference on International Network Development. Celal Bayar University, Manisa,Turkey. Oct. 4, 2018.
Deconstructing race in international perspective. Keynote presentation and series of
workshops with faculty and graduate students. Hong Kong University. Oct. 2018.
Disrupting pigmentogracies: An education imperative. World Educational Research
Association. Cape Town, South Africa. August 5, 2018.
Deconstructing race in international perspective. Universitat Rovira I Virgili. Tarragona, Spain. May 31, 2018.
Deconstructing race in international perspective. Roma Tre University. Rome, Italy. May 28, 2018.
A new racial literacy. The American School. Grenoble, France. April, 5, 2018.
Learning from the lives of others. Europole. Grenoble, France. April 4, 2018.
Learning from the lives of others. Turku University, Finland. March 28, 2018.
Cyber-lives: Digital media and multicultural education. Keynote Presentation. Korean Association for Multicultural Education Conference. Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. May 17, 2017.
Corporeal/cultural identities “placed” in cyber space. One of two Keynote Presentations. Gunther Kress gave the other Keynote. Symposium on the Design of Learning from the Perspectives of Local Space, Identities and Literacies. Uppsala
University, Uppsala Sweden. May 4, 2017. Writing wrongs: The Bay Area Writing Project’s 2017 Stance. Two-hour, interactive writing workshop. Symposium on the Design of Learning from the Perspectives of Local Space, Identities and Literacies. Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden. May 5, 2017.
Micro-cultures: U.S. education beyond the color-bind. Institut polytechnique Grenoble. Grenoble, France. April 4, 2017.
Equity for all: Beyond prisons and prisms of social identities. Keynote Presentation. Korean Association for Multicultural Education Conference. Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. May 19, 2016.
Teaching with technology: Mediating student learning with digital texts and tools. Creative Learning with Information and Communication Technology Forum. Universitat Rovira I Virgili. Tarragona, Spain. Jan. 22, 2016.
Privilege and penalty: Language performance as identity contingency in the U.S. context. Multicom Conference. Stockholm University, Stockholm Sweden. Jan. 20, 2016.
Theory to practice: Urban teaching, then and now. Keynote Presentation. Uppsala University. Uppsala, Sweden. January 19, 2016.Preparing educators for equity in practice. University of Oslo, Human Rights Center.
Oslo, Norway. Aug. 14, 2015. Deconstructing race: For the welfare of humankind. Invited Presenter. Korean Association for Multicultural Education Conference. Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. May 2, 2015.
New models of knowledge construction: Impacts on education. Strand Leader. First International Forum on Education and Technology. University Rovira I Virgili. Tarragona, Spain. June 26, 2014.
Micro-cultures: Hybrid, digital, and global affinities shifting the multicultural paradigm. Competively Selected Presenter. Korean Association for Multicultural Education. Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. May 8, 2014.
Voice in the 21st century and the development of diverse writers. Writing ResearchAcross Boarders Conference. l’Université Paris Quest – Naterre La Défense. Feb. 19, 2014.
On-line youth reshaping off-line learning in urban public schools. Keynote Address. Computer Assisted Learning Conference. Manchester, England. April 15, 2011. Collaborating subjects: Participatory research methods. Competitively selected presentation. Cultural Historical Activity Theory Conference. Seville, Spain. March 20, 2005.
Literacy, learning, and marginalized youth. Invited presentation. University of Sao Paulo Clicar Project. April, 2, 2004. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Language and cultural diversity in urban schools. Invited Presentation, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Pecs, Hungary. May 29, 2003.
African American Vernacular English in school contexts. Global Exchange of Language and Culture. Presentation at the University of Havana, Cuba. Dec. 16, 2003.
Black language and the Oakland schools controversy. Invited Presentation, Dalian University for the Study of Foreign Languages, Dalian China. Sept. 11, 2002.
Black males in higher education. Video interview by Jessica Leitner (in conjunction with Drs. Brown and Harrison) for the Black Male Archive Project. Apr. 29, 2017.
New directions for multicultural education. Thirty-minute video interview by Prof. Erin Murphy-Graham for on-line courses in UC Berkeley’s Education Minor. Feb. 21, 2017.
A vision for urban education. One-hour interview by Dr. Eric Cooper on the National Council for Educating the Black Child, Talk Radio. Broadcast, Sept. 30, 2015.
Integrating digital technology into instruction. Two hour videotaped interview by representatives from Google for internal media use for staff development. Berkeley, CA. April 2, 2015.
Digital media and new literacies. Thirty-minute video interview by John Scott for on-line courses in UC Berkeley’s Education Minor. Nov. 15, 2014.
Question Bridge: Black Males. Forty-five minute interviewed by Hank Willis Thomas for footage used in this multi-media production that appeared in a number of museums across the United States including the African American History Museum in Washington D.C. San Francisco. July 20, 2013.
Impact of new media on youth social and academic literacies. Interviewed by Fifer Garbesi. San Francisco Public Library, Center for Media Literacy fordocumentary film shown on Aug. 23, 2012.
Digital media and learning: How digital tools can improve urban schools. Interviewed by John Templeton. Channel 32 TV. Mar. 3, 2012.
Boundless classrooms: Faculty Spotlight. Interviewed by Steve Cohen. Connect Ed. Winter, 2009.
Digital teachers: Engaging new literacies in urban schools. Broadcasted in Second Life Multi-User Virtual Environment by the Multimedia Literacy Collaborative, School of Cinematic Arts. University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 18, 2008.
The Imus controversy and language use in African American youth culture. Interviewed by reporter Noel Cisneros, ABC 7 News (KGO-TV/DT). Broadcast Apr. 9, 2007.
Getting serious about hip-hop studies. Interviewed by reporter Yasmin Anwar. Berkeleyan, Jan. 18, 2007, p. 6.
School separates students by race for test scores. Interviewed by reporter Lonnie Shavelson. National Public Radio, Weekend Edition. Broadcast Mar. 3, 2007.
Youth Radio’s role in the New Options Initiative. Interviewed by the Kellogg Foundation. Featured in documentary film. Sept. 7, 2006.
Teaching in the 21st Century. Interviewed by National Council of Teachers of English. Presented on interactive Web Resources for Teachers. Sept. 6, 2006.The Oakland Ebonics Controversy. One-hour interview on NBC Television along with
UC Berkeley Professor John McWhorter. Feb. 21, 2001.
Revisiting and revising racial rhetorics. American Educational Research Association. New York, NY. April 15, 2018.
Cross-continental collaboration on teacher preparation. American Educational Research Association. New York, NY. April 15, 2018.
A new racial literacy. Ethnic Studies Conference. University of San Francisco. Mar 24, 2018.
Deconstructing race beyond the color-bind. Social Justice Conference. Honolulu, HI, Dec. 2, 2017.
Deconstructing race beyond the color-bind. Rile Conference, Stanford University. 0ctober 6, 2017.
Effective mentorship of graduate students and junior faculty. American Educational Research Association. San Antonio, TX, April 29, 2017.
Technology, teacher preparation, and equitable learning. American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX. April 28, 2017.
Deconstructing race. American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX. April 28, 2017.
Scaling up digital innovations. Discussant. American Educational Research Association. Washington, D.C. April 11, 2016.
Challenging deficit constructions of male youth “at risk.” National Council of Teachers of English. Washington, D.C. Nov. 21, 2014.
The tough part: Getting first graders engaged in reading. International Reading Association Conference. New Orleans, LA. May 12, 2014.
The first year of teaching: Classroom research to improve student learning. American Educational Research Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA. April 7, 2014.
- University of California at Berkeley -- Professor of Education in Language and Literacy, Society and Culture - Graduate courses: Urban Education; Theories of Literacy; New Literacies of Digital Youth; Literacy Practices in Non-School Settings; Multicultural Urban Secondary Education, Thesis Seminar; Issues in Secondary English Instruction; Methods of Teaching English in Secondary Schools; Graduate Student Writing. Undergraduate courses: American Studies (Affiliated Professor); Teaching High School English; College Writing.
- Brown University -- Academic Appointment as Senior Fellow, Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Researched and collaborated on new strategies to better educate urban youth in conjunction with work of recipients of Annenberg's Challenge Grants Program to improve public education. 1998
- Harvard University -- Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Education. Taught in Teaching and Curriculum Program. 1978-79 University of Illinois at Chicago -- Lecturer. Designed and taught Business Research and Writing courses for prospective MBA students, 1990-91. Designed and taught quarterly GMAT preparation seminars, 1990-91. Taught Research Writing, Business Writing and Freshman Composition in the English Department, 1981-86. Taught Composition for the Educational Opportunities Program.
- Chicago Public Schools -- English Teacher. Credentialed/tenured; superior teacher rating; taught all levels from high school freshmen to seniors, ESL and honors. 1980-81
- Northeastern Illinois University -- Lecturer. Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in American literature and African American literature. 1977-81 (summers)
- Roosevelt University, Upward Bound -- English Teacher. Taught writing, literature, and college prep courses. Led Outward Bound Excursions. 1973-79
- New Concept School, Chicago -- Chaired the Board of Directors for this alternative school during its formative years, 1973-79, and taught in its Saturday program.
Interests and Professional Affiliations
School and non-school Learning Contexts
Teacher Education and Certification
Technology and Schools
Writing and Literature
- American Educational Research Association
- American Anthropological Association, Council on Anthropology and Education
- Center for Urban Education, UC Berkeley
- National Writing Project and Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy
- Conference on College Composition and Communication
- International Reading Association
- Modern Language Association
- National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy
- National Council of Teachers of English, Assembly for Research
- University of California/Urban School Collaborative
- West Ed, Strategic Literacy Initiative Advisory Board
- Alameda County School District, Core Planning Team, Math/Sci Demonstration School