Department of Social Science
Associate Professor of Social Science
Professor Henry Gutierrez is a veteran educational researcher, professor, and activist. He brings to the department a longstanding commitment to educational equity and reform, from his early involvement in the Chicano educational movement in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and 70s to more recent work advising and consulting with local and national educational bodies.
Professor Gutierrez is currently coordinator of the Social Science Teacher Education program.
Professor Gutierrez is co-editor of Latinos & Education: A Critical Reader, with Antonia Darder and Rodolfo Torres. The book is a pivotal collection of essays by leading scholars in the field of Latino/a education." The reader offers a "critical reconceptualization of education, grounded in the practice of the educators/authors, who offer specific suggestions for transforming the status quo by complexifying public policy debates and democratizing education." (Spina & Tai, 1998).
Ph.D. Comparative Culture, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California, 1990
A.B. Political Science/Urban Studies, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, 1970
SOCS 177. Society & Education
SOCS 180. Individual Studies
Most Recent Publications:
Latinos and Education: A Critical Reader, ed. with Antonia Darder & Rodolfo D. Torres. New York: Routledge, 1997
"150 Years of Chicano/a Education: International Platica" in "The Elusive Quest for Equality: 150 Years of Chicano/a Education." ed. Jose F. Moreno. Harvard Educational Review, 1999
"Racial Politics in Los Angeles, Black and Chicano Challenges to Unequal Education in the 1960s." Southern California Quarterly 78:1 (1996), 51-86
"Equality of Desperation: What’s in Store for Us? The Current Crisis of Student Overcrowding in LA’s public Schools." Los Angeles: Hispanic Urban Center, June 1982
"Los Angeles Unified School District fact sheet." Los Angeles: Hispanic Urban Center, December 1980
Professional & Community Service
Officer, SJSU Chicano/Latino Faculty & Staff Association
Board of Directors, Hispanic Urban Center, 1985-1990
School Board Appointee, Central Council for Shared Decision-making and School-Based Management, Los Angeles Unified School District, 1988-1990
Board of Directors, Los Angeles Center for Educational Research, 1983-1988
Board of directors, Community Relations Conference of Southern California, 1982-1983
Officer, California Taskforce for Integrated Education, 1981-1982
Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern Calfornia, 1981-1983
Court-appointed Expert, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Judge Paul Egly. Overcrowding in Los Angeles Unified School District, Crawford v. Board of Education, 1981.
Evaluator, California State Department of Education, for social science multimedia instructional materials, 1977
Founding member, Center for Educational Reform, a community-based organization promoting the adoption of non-sexist, non-racist instructional materials, 1975.
Member, Project Council, Urban Teacher Corps, Los Angeles City School and University of California, Los Angeles, 1969-1970
Founding member & ViceChair, Mexican American Education Commission, Los Angeles City Schools, 1969-1970
Contributor, "Plan de Santa Barbara," historic Chicano plan for higher education, 1969
Recent Talks & Presentations
Panelist, "35th Anniversary of the East L.A. High School Walkouts: The Past, Present & Future of Chicanos & Latinos in Education" Conference, California State University at Long Beach, 22 March 2003
"150 Years of Chicano/a Education Conference" (panelist), Harvard Educational Review, University of California at Irvine, 1998
“Rewriting Identity and Ethnicity: Chicanismo in the Politics of Education Rights in Los Angeles in the 1960s,” American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, August 1997
"Family & Gender Identity in Chicano Literature" (chair), California American Studies Association conference, Berkeley, May 1997
“Equity and Access: Diversity, Affirmative Action and the Academy" (moderator), California American Studies conference, Los Angeles, April 1996
"Teaching About Social Diversity: Integrating New Scholarship into the High School History Course" (panelist), Stanford Humanities Center/History Department/School of Education, May 1992.
On-screen informant, PBS video series "Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement" Part III, "Taking Back the Schools," Los Angeles: National Latino Communications Center Educational Media, 1996.
California State Assembly, certificate of recognition
Sabbatical award, San Jose State University, 2002-2003
Affirmative Action Faculty Development Grant, San Jose State University, 1994, 1995.
Irvine Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Department of History, Stanford University 1991-1992^Back to top