As part of a series of interviews with scholars, teachers, and students about the intersections of hip hop, spoken word poetry, and urban education, we interviewed Dr. David Kirkland of New York University. Dr. Kirkland is a transdisciplinary scholar of English and urban education, who explores the intersections among urban youth culture, language and literacy, urban teacher preparation, and digital media. He analyzes culture, language, and texts, and has expertise in critical literary, ethnographic, and sociolinguistic research methods. Dr. Kirkland is the deputy director of The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at NYU.
Dr. Kirkland was recently featured in an article titled, “Teaching About Race and Rights” on NPR member station WNYC, which discusses a conference at NYU that he organized for teachers to discuss race and rights.