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Marlene Munn-Joseph

Marlene S. Munn-Joseph

Director of Field Experience and School RelationsAssociate Professor

B.A., State University of New York at Albany M.A.T., State University of New York at AlbanyPh. D., Indiana University-Bloomington


Dr. Marlene S. Munn-Joseph is director of Field Experiences and School Relations in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at LIU Brooklyn. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington. She teachers Issues in Urban Education, Adolescent Literacy, and the capstone seminar in the teacher education program.

She was a NYC high school teacher of social studies for six years before attaining her doctorate and worked as a District administrator overseeing the writing and management of grants for a local school district in Long Island, N.Y. Dr. Munn-Joseph’s research agenda has included parent school relations in black communities, education in majority black suburbs, and minority teacher preparation. Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Public School Relations; Race, Gender, and Class Journal; and Urban Education. Her interest in these areas coupled with her experience as an urban school educator has shaped her willingness and commitment to explore and contribute to both the research literature and to the material lives of black people.


Parent Involvement, Urban Teacher Preparation, Hip Hop Education


  • Author, The challenge to care: Personal reflections of a Black woman teacher educator's struggle to establish legitmacy in the college classroom. In P. Jenlink (Ed.), “Teacher Identity and the Struggle for Recognition”
  • Author, The Hip Hop Generation and Parent/School Relation, published in Race, Gender and Class Journal
  • Co-author, The Meaning of Multiculturalism in the 21st Century: An Introduction, published in Race, Gender and Class Journal
  • Author, Urban parents of children with special needs: Advocating for their children through social networks, published in Urban Education
  • Co-author, Overcoming the “Digital Divide” in Social Studies Classrooms, published in Social Science Docket
  • Author, Trouble don’t set like rain: Minority status and Black parents’ educational decisions, published in Journal of School Public Relations Co-editor, Multicultural Education and Race, Gender & Class [Special Issue], Race, Gender and Class Journal


  • Minority Education Association Leadership Award, Indiana University
  • Queens High School Teacher of the Year, 1994/95