Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor of Literacy Education, associate dean in the College of Arts and Letters, 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.
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, was published in November 2019 by 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
- Luksic Family Collaboration Grant (2017-18): "Global Catholic Education: Setting and Expanding a Social Science Research Agenda"
- Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies (2017)
- Ranked among the top 100 university-based education scholars in the Annual EdWeek RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings (2015, 2016, 2017)
- 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
Morrell Elected to the National Academy of Education
Jan 28, 2022
Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Ernest Morrell has been elected to the National Academy of Education.
Pinderhughes Receives 2021 ND President’s Award
May 26, 2021
Faculty Fellow Dianne Pinderhughes has been awarded the 2021 President’s Award by the University of Notre Dame.
Morrell Named Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters
Mar 30, 2021
On March 29, the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame announced that Kellogg Faculty Fellow Ernest Morrell has been named Associate Dean for the Humanities and Equity in the College of Arts and Letters, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.