IDEA Affiliated Faculty
John Rogers is an associate professor in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA). He also serves as the faculty co-director of UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute. Rogers studies public engagement and community organizing as strategies for equity-focused school reform and democratic renewal. He draws extensively on the work of John Dewey to explore the meaning of, and possibilities for, democratic education today. John Rogers is the co-author (with Jeannie Oakes) of Learning Power: Organizing for Education and Justice (2006). His most recent article, “More Justice: The Role of Organized Labor in Educational Reform,” appears in the January 2009 issue of Educational Policy. Professor Rogers received his Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and his B.A. in Public Policy and African American Studies from Princeton University.
Ernest Morrell is an associate professor in Urban Schooling and Associate Director at the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at the University of California, Los Angeles. For more than a decade he has worked with adolescents, drawing on their involvement with popular culture to promote academic literacy development. Morrell is also interested in the applications of critical pedagogy in urban education and working with teens as critical researchers. Morrell is the author of four books: Linking Literacy and Popular Culture: Finding Connections for Lifelong Learning (Christopher-Gordon), Becoming Critical Researchers: Literacy and Empowerment for Urban Youth (Peter Lang), Critical Literacy and Urban Youth: Pedagogies of Access, Dissent, and Liberation (Routledge) and The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools (co-authored with Jeffrey M.R. Duncan-Andrade). Morrell received his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UC Berkeley and, prior to graduate school, he taught high school English and coached basketball in Oakland, California, his hometown.
Gary Blasi joined the UCLA faculty with a distinguished 20-year record of public interest practice. He teaches clinical and public interest law courses, including Clinical Seminar in Public Policy Advocacy, and is one of the core faculty of the law school's unique David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. He practices, teaches and writes about advocacy on behalf of children in substandard schools, homeless families and individuals, low-income tenants, low-wage workers, and victims of discrimination. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, which supports research and education on issues critical to working people. He has received numerous awards for distinction in the field of public interest law and for providing legal services to the poor.
Blasi's research draws on cognitive science and social psychology to better understand how lawyers acquire expertise, how people understand the causes of problems like homelessness or poverty, how advocates can best deal with the consequences of racial and other stereotypes, and how legislators can best convey their intentions in statutes. He has also taught at Stanford and lectured at universities in England, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong and China.
Blasi became a lawyer without attending law school. After graduate study at Harvard, where he was a Graduate Prize Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Blasi served as a legal apprentice in a community law office in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he also began his practice. In 1978, he joined the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where he coordinated complex litigation in the areas of housing, welfare, homelessness, and redevelopment.
Veronica Terriquez received her Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA, a Masters in Education from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in sociology from Harvard University. Her research focuses on educational inequality, immigrant integration, and organized labor. Her work is linked to education justice and immigrant rights organizing efforts in Los Angeles. Dr. Terriquez has also worked as a community organizer on various school reform and other grassroots campaigns. In fall 2009, she joined the sociology department at the University of Southern California as an assistant professor.