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David E. Kirk­land is a trans-dis­ci­pli­nary schol­ar of Eng­lish and urban edu­ca­tion, who explores the inter­sec­tions among urban youth cul­ture, lan­guage and lit­er­a­cy, urban teacher prepa­ra­tion, and dig­i­tal media. He ana­lyzes cul­ture, lan­guage, and texts, and has exper­tise in crit­i­cal lit­er­ary, ethno­graph­ic, and soci­olin­guis­tic research methods.

He has received many awards for his work, includ­ing the 2008 AERA Divi­sion G Out­stand­ing Dis­ser­ta­tion Award and was a 2009-10 Ford Foun­da­tion Post­doc­tor­al Fel­low and is a for­mer fel­low of NCTEs Cul­ti­vat­ing New Voic­es. Dr. Kirk­land has pub­lished wide­ly. His most recent arti­cles include: Black Skin, White Masks: Nor­mal­iz­ing White­ness and the Trou­ble with the Achieve­ment Gap in urban con­texts: Pol­i­tics, Plu­ral­ism, and Pos­si­bil­i­ties (Eng­lish Edu­ca­tion), and We real cool: Exam­in­ing Black males and lit­er­a­cy (Read­ing Research Quar­ter­ly). He is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing his fourth book, A Search Past Silence, to be pub­lished through Teacher Col­lege Press s Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­cy Series. Dr. Kirk­land believes that, in their lan­guage and lit­era­cies, youth take on new mean­ings begin­ning with a voice and verb, where words when spo­ken or writ­ten have the pow­er to trans­form the world inside-out