John RaibleAssociate Professor
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies: Language, Literacy, & Culture
M.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Bilingual/ESL/Multicultural Education
B.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Elementary Education
As an educational researcher and social scientist, my work examines the enactment of identities that become possible within multicultural contexts, for example, in integrated schools, in transracial adoptive families, and other multiracial communities.
Another way to think of my work is investigating the influence of social institutions (e.g., families, schools, juvenile justice, and child welfare) on youth, and the ways professional interventions sometimes result in the marginalization of the young.
Using qualitative tools such as in-depth interviewing, discourse analysis, ethnography, and narratology, I investigate the ways in which the meanings of race and other categories of difference influence personal identities, and how various identities, in turn, can enhance or hinder the process of building caring relationships that transcend racial and cultural boundaries.
I am particularly interested in how and when individuals negotiate the spaces “in-between” one race or culture and another, for example, in how identities become transracialized, and how ""ally"" behaviors emerge.
In another sense, I see my work as an attempt to document the learning processes through which individuals become allies to people who do not share the same status, power, and privileges. How do men learn to take up feminism? What motivates whites to become committed anti-racists? How can straight people learn to speak out against homophobia and heterosexism?
The three main goals of my research agenda are
(1) to contribute to the study of what I view as the “unfinished project” of racial integration by investigating the links between various identities and relationships that transcend lines of difference;
(2) to forward research-based multicultural education practices; and
(3) to strengthen interracial and cross-cultural alliances and relationships within and between diverse families, schools, and communities.