Jason Méndez, PhDVisiting Assistant Professor of Urban Education

jmendez@pitt.edu

4303 Wesley Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, Pa. 15260

Biography

Jason Méndez, Ph.D., is a visiting assistant professor of Education at CUE. His teaching and research interests focus on urban education, arts as social justice, cultural studies in education, and public pedagogy.

Dr. Jason Méndez received a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum, Culture, & Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also received a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies from UNC’s University Program in Cultural Studies. Dr. Méndez'sresearch, which uses a qualitative approach, particularly; counter narratives, post-critical ethnography, and testimonio examines the sociocultural histories and educational experiences of marginalized communities of color with a focus on Latinx students and traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations in postsecondary education. His work has been published in journals such as The Urban Review, Berkeley Review of Education, andInternational Journal of Education and the Arts. His advocacy work on Latinx faculty representation in higher education was featured in USA Today.

In addition to being CUE faculty, Dr. Méndez is a nonfiction writer and interdisciplinary theater artist. His literary work explores South Bronx culture and history, the complexities of Boricua identity, fatherhood, and the concept of home. Rooted in ancestral memory, Dr, Mendez’s stories embody an ancestral fury – from the enslavement of Taino Indians in post-colonized Puerto Rico to the gentrification and displacement of Puerto Ricans in the South Bronx. 

Dr.Méndez’s work in the humanities and social sciences lead him to cofound Sons of the Boogie, anarts collective creating and curating content inspired by the Bronx. Additionally, Dr. Méndez’s also cofounded Block Chronicles (BC), a national web-series and online magazine profiling educators, artists, researchers, and community organizations in the fields of: Latinx Studies; Urban Education; Health Equity; and Arts & Culture.