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Shirley Steinberg

Calgary (Canada)

Shirley Steinberg

Research Professor of Youth Studies at the University of Calgary



Born in 1952 in Baltimore (USA), Shirley R. Steinberg is Research Professor of Youth Studies at the University of Calgary. He is also director and co-founder of The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy, and founder of the Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Studies at the University of Calgary. She is also an educational consultant and theatre director.

She has translated into English the book El amor en la sociedad del riesgo by Professor Jesús Gómez, (Radical Love, 2014), a study which probes clichés about love in the context of affective relationships among young people. She has written for many publications and, with Joe L. Kincheloe, was a founding editor of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education.

Her research fields are critical pedagogy and youth and urban culture, and she aims through her work to promote the idea that education is a basic tool for achieving a just, egalitarian society. She has written several books on these subjects. Notable among them are:

  • Critical Youth Studies Reader (2014)
  • Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood (2011)
  • 19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the city (2010)
  • Thinking Queer: Sexuality, Culture, and Education (2000)
  • White Reign: Deploying Whiteness in America (1998, co-editor).

[Last update: March 2015]

Translation: Julie Wark.

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