Valerie Kinloch


Valerie Kinloch is the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her scholarship examines the literacies and community engagements of youth and adults inside and outside schools. Author of publications on race, place, literacy, and equity, her books include: June Jordan: Her Life and Letters, Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth and, among others, Crossing Boundaries: Teaching and Learning with Urban Youth. Her book, Harlem On Our Minds, received the Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association, and Crossing Boundaries was a staff pick for professional development by the Teaching Tolerance Education Magazine. Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Valerie completed her K-12 education in public schools there. She received her undergraduate degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, and her graduate degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.