Derrick P Alridge

Derrick P. Alridge

  • Philip J. Gibson Professor of Education
  • Director, Center for Race and Public Education in the South
Currently Accepting Ph.D. Students

Office Location

Bavaro Hall 319
PO Box 400265
417 Emmet Street S
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Derrick P. Alridge, a native of South Carolina, is a former middle and high school social studies and history teacher. His research interests include the history of education in the United States, American educational thought, and the civil rights movement and education. Alridge is the principal investigator of the Teachers in the Movement Oral History Project and the founding director of the Center for Race and Public Education in the South. He has published in numerous journals, which include the History of Education Quarterly, The Journal of African American History, Teachers College Record, Educational Researcher, and The Journal of Negro Education. His recent books include "The Black Intellectual Tradition: African American Thought in the Twentieth Century" (with Cornelius L. Bynum and James B. Stewart) and "Schooling the Movement: The Activism of Southern Black Educators from Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Era" (with Jon Hale and Tondra L. Loder-Jackson). Alridge’s current research explores the lives and pedagogy of teachers during the civil rights movement era. His oral history project has conducted nearly 500 interviews and seeks to interview more teachers who taught between 1950 and 1980. Interviews are taking place in person and via Zoom.


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1997
M.Ed., Winthrop University, 1992
B.A., Winthrop College, 1987

Curriculum Vitae


  • Education in the U.S. with foci in African American education and the civil rights movement

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