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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality

Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality

IRISE 2.0 Visiting Professors 2019-2020

As part of IRISE's efforts to prioritize racial inequality in the work of the university and beyond, we are pleased to announce our visiting faculty member for 2019-2020, Dr. Cheryl Matias!

The IRISE Visiting Professor works with IRISE affiliated faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and IRISE Visiting Community Scholars on  specific research, scholarship or creative works project AND to contributes to the development and planning of a Racial Health and Educational Equity Summit in 2020.

The Visiting IRISE Professor will also teach at least one undergraduate or graduate class that can contribute to IRISE approved courses and or Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor curriculum, participate in relevant IRISE workshops, and contribute to the intellectual life of the university, relevant academic units and the larger community in their field of expertise.



Cheryl E. Matias

Dr. Cheryl E. Matias is an Associate Professor in the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on race and ethnic studies in education with a theoretical focus on critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, critical pedagogy and feminism of color. Specifically, she uses a feminist of color approach to deconstruct the emotionality of whiteness in urban teacher education and how it impacts urban education.

Her other research interest is on motherscholarship and supporting woman of color and motherscholars in the academy. A former K-12 teacher in both South Central, Los Angeles Unified School District and Bed-Stuyvesant, New York City Department of Education, she earned her bachelors in cultural communication from University of California San Diego, teaching credential at San Diego State University, and her masters in Social and Multicultural Foundations at California State University, Long Beach.

She earned her doctorate at UCLA with an emphasis in race and ethnic studies in education. She delivers national talks and workshops on whiteness, racial justice, and diversity. She was awarded the 2014 American Educational Research Association's Division K (Teacher Education) Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award and the 2015 and 2017 Colorado Rosa Parks Diversity Award. In 2015, she was awarded Excellence in Research by the School of Education & Human Development at University of Colorado Denver. In 2016 she was awarded the university's 2016 Graduate School's Dean Mentoring Award.

Some of her publications can be found in Race, Ethnicity, and Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, Equity and Excellence, Journal of Teacher Education and Multicultural Perspectives. Her first solo-authored book entitled Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education earned the 2017 Honorable Mention for the Society of Professors of Education. Her second book, Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for Deconstructing Whiteness and Gender, is set to come out spring 2020. She is a motherscholar of three, including boy-girl twins, an avid Lakers fan, and Bachata ballroom dancer.