About Me

Social Contexts of Education


My name is Wayne Yang and welcome to my site. Here you will find some basic information about me.


Ph.D., 2004, Social and Cultural Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Popular culture and social movements;
  • Urban education and critical pedagogy;
  • Coloniality in urban ghettos;
  • Anti/de/post+colonialism

Selected Publications

*Paperson, La. (2010). The postcolonial ghetto: Seeing her shape and his hand. Berkeley Review of Education, 1(1). Download: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3q91f9gv

Yang, KW (2010). Rites to reform: The cultural production of the reformer in urban schools. Anthropology in Education Quarterly. 41(2).

Yang, KW. (2009). Mathematics, critical literacy, and youth participatory action research. New Directions for Youth Development. (123): pp.99-118.

Yang, KW (2009). Discipline or Punish? Some suggestions for teacher practice and policy. Language Arts, 87(1), pp.49-61.

Yang, KW (2008). For and against: The school-education dialectic in social justice.  In W. Ayers, T. Quinn, & D. Stovall (Eds.), Handbook of Social Justice in Education. Routledge.

Yang, KW (2007). Organizing MySpace: Youth walkouts, pleasure, politics and new media. Educational Foundations. 21 (1-2), 9-28.

Current Projects

  • Youth Resistance Revisited, special issue in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE). Co-editors: Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang
  • The Urban Pedagogy Reader. Coediters: Ernest Morrell, K. Wayne Yang, & Jeff Duncan-Andrade. Peter Lang. (forthcoming).
  • Organizing the Common Sense: Popular Culture and Urban School Reform Movements (book manuscript in preparation)


Dr. Yang’s work transgresses the line between scholarship and community, as evidenced by his involvement in urban education and community organizing. He was the co-founder of the Avenues Project, a non-profit youth development organization, and also the co-founder of East Oakland Community High School. He also worked in school system reform as part of Oakland Unified School District’s Office of School Reform. An accomplished educator, Dr. Yang has taught high school in Oakland, California for over 15 years and received the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010.

His research focuses on the role of youth popular culture and pedagogy in the emergence of social movements. He is currently writing a book, Organizing the Common Sense: Popular Culture and Urban School Reform, which examines strategies for organizing in education across three landscapes: youth, community, and bureaucracy.

*Sometimes he writes as la paperson, an avatar that irregularly calls, as in the article, “The postcolonial ghetto: Seeing her shape and his hand” (Berkeley Review of Education).

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