David E. Kirkland Named Director of NYU’s Metro Center

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) at NYU has named David E. Kirkland its new director, effective July 1. Kirkland – a recognized leader in urban education and an associate professor of English education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – served as the Metro Center’s deputy director during the 2014-2015 school year.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have David Kirkland leading the Metro Center, given his expertise in teaching and learning in urban settings and his passion for ensuring equity and opportunity in education,” said Dominic Brewer, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the Steinhardt School.

As a researcher and scholar, Kirkland’s work is rooted in equity topics and explores the intersections between language, race, gender, and urban youth culture through the lens of literacy. He has spent the past decade analyzing the culture, language, and texts of groups of urban American youth. His other areas of expertise include urban teacher preparation and urban school improvement.

A prolific writer and presenter, Kirkland has published more than 70 articles, books, and book chapters and has delivered more than 100 presentations about what it takes to transform schools and give all students a quality education. His most recent book, A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men (Teachers College Press, 2013), won the 2014 AESA Critics Choice Award and the 2014 NCTE David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. Kirkland’s scholarship has been funded by the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, among other institutions.

Prior to earning his doctorate and law degrees, Kirkland worked as a classroom teacher and administrator in Michigan.