Abraham DeLeon

Romo Endowed Chair

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Email: abraham.deleon@utsa.edu

I was born and raised in the desert southwest of Alamogordo, New Mexico. I received my B.S. in secondary education in 1999 where I majored in social studies at New Mexico State University. I taught Global Studies at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona after graduation but always dreamed of going to graduate school. I moved from Tucson and attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs where I received my M.A. in history in 2002. I focused on early American history and the French and Indian War. After finishing that degree, I applied for the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education at UConn and finished in 2007. My first faculty position was at the University of Rochester where I was an assistant professor in Social Studies education in 2007 and joined UTSA in 2009 as an assistant professor in the Social Foundations in the College of Education and Human Development. I was excited to be part of the growth that UTSA was soon to undertake along with the position itself. The social foundations encompass what I call the “humanities wing of schools of education”, studying the historical, theoretical, social, anthropological, sociological and economic foundations of education and schooling. My work dances across the humanities and education, focusing upon cultural studies, the archive, critical social theories, the imagination and critical pedagogy. I am looking forward to working with our UTSA Honor’s College students and sharing my research experience in the archives as we explore engaging and provocative topics together as a critical learning community.