Dr. Teresa L. McCarty

George F. Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Los Angeles, California
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Higher Education
K-12 Education
Leadership Development
Racial Equity & Healing
Indigenous Communities


Teresa L. McCarty is the Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education Policy Studies at Arizona State University. An educational anthropologist, she has been a bilingual curriculum developer, teacher, and coordinator of American Indian education programs at the local, state, and national levels. From 1989 to 2004, she was professor of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona, where she also served as Department Head, Interim Dean of the College of Education, and Co-director of the American Indian Language Development Institute, an international teacher preparation program for educators of Native American youth. Her research and teaching focus on bilingual/multicultural education, Indigenous language revitalization and maintenance, language planning and policy, and ethnographic/qualitative methods in education. From 1993 to 1997, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellowship enabled her to study minority language rights in Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Dr. McCarty has also been a fellow at the Salzburg Seminar, Austria, and she is active in educational, anthropological, and applied linguistic organizations. She is the past editor of Anthropology & Education Quarterly, and is co- Principal Investigator on a 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to study the nature and impact of Native language shift and retention on American Indian students' academic achievement. In 1998, she received the University of Arizona College of Education Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, and in 2002 she was named the College's Outstanding Faculty Researcher. Her recent books include "A Place To Be Navajo: Rough Rock and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Indigenous Schooling (Erlbaum 2002);" " Language, Literacy, and Power in Schooling (Erlbaum, 2005)," and "To Remain an Indian": Lessons in Democracy from a century of Native American Education (Teachers College Press, 2006). She has two stepchildren and two grandsons, and lives with her husband, Dr. John Martin, in Phoenix, Arizona