Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor of Literacy Education and director of the Center for Literacy Education in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, where he holds joint appointments in the Department of English and the Department of Africana Studies and is a Kellogg Institute for International Studies faculty fellow.
An expert in critical educational and social movement theory, Morrell focuses his research interests on literacy education, international Catholic education, postcolonial literature, media and popular culture, literature for children, and the African diaspora. He is a convener of the African Diaspora International Research Network.
Morrell has published more than 80 articles and book chapters and eight books, including. Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice magazine. His latest book, Educating Harlem: Schooling and Resistance in an American Community, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
Morrell was previously the director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University and a past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
English education, the African diaspora, media and popular culture, literacy and freedom, postcolonial studies, literature for children, Catholic Education
- 2017 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies
- 2015, 2016, and 2017: Ranked among the top 100 university-based education scholars in the Annual EdWeek RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings
- Executive Board member, LitWorld
- Executive Board member, Education for Democracy Institute
- Elected member, AERA (American Educational Research Association) Council
- Elected fellow, American Educational Research Association
- Appointed Member, International Literacy Association Research Panel
International Partners Enhance International Education Research Cluster’s Work
Oct 1, 2019
The Kellogg Institute Research Cluster on International Education is partnering with local leaders and scholars around the world are key to understanding the specific challenges facing Catholic education in individual countries.
New Literacy Research Office Launches at Notre Dame
Aug 21, 2019
Faculty Fellow Ernest Morrell will lead the James R. Squire Office of Policy Research in the English Language Arts, opening this fall under the direction of ND’s Center for Literacy Education.