Adrienne D. Dixson, PhD, is a scholar of race and gender equity in urban educational contexts. She is an author of over 30 scholarly journal articles and book chapters and editor of 5 books on critical race theory and education, research and race and urban education.
A trained musician with an undergraduate degree in music theory and composition, Dr. Dixson has been a professor of education and educational consultant for over 15 years.
Dr. Dixson began her career as an educator in New Orleans Public Schools in the early 1990s where she was a 6th grade teacher for 5 years at Charles E. Gayarre Elementary School. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a tenured faculty member at Ohio State University and now at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Most recently Dr. Dixson, a 1991 alum (Greater New Orleans) was the Vice-President of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy at Teach For America. She led the organization's focus on Corps Member training at the regional and national levels. Dr. Dixson helped to redesign two national institutes to infuse Culturally Relevant Pedagogy into the training model.