Ed Buendía is a former bilingual (Spanish/English) elementary and middle school teacher. He taught for seven years in racially and linguistically diverse schools in northern California. He has a masters and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Education, Culture & Society at the University of Utah.
Dr. Buendía's primary areas of research include topics such as the production of school knowledge, curriculum theory and the socio-political context of educating students of color and immigrant students. He is particularly interested in how particular bodies of institutional knowledge are socially produced and how they constitute school subjects (individuals and populations) and places. The analytical units that have been central in his work are power, pedagogical practice and social space. Theorists who have informed his work include Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Karl Marx and Henri Lefebvre.
His most recent work has been published in journals such as American Educational Research Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Pedagogy, Culture, and Society. He is currently completing a book around the geography of school knowledge and difference.
Selected articles that represent this focus include:
- Buendía, E., Ares, N., Juarez, B., Peercy, M. (2005). The geographies of difference: The production of the Eastside, Westside and Center City student, school and teacher. American Educational Review Journal.
- Buendía, E., Gitlin, A., with Doumbia, F. (2003). Working the pedagogical borderlands: An African critical pedagogue teaching within an assimilationist context. Curriculum Inquiry, 33(3).
- Buendía, E. (2002). Enveloping pedagogies: The codification of instructional technologies. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 10(3), 387-409.
- Buendía, E. (2003). Fashioning Research Stories About Race: The Metaphoric and Narrative Structure of Writing Research About Race. In G. Lopez & L. Parker (Eds.), Interrogating Racism in Qualitative Research Methodology, pp. 49-70. New York: Peter Lang.
The graduate courses that Dr. Buendía teaches include:
- ECS 6615/7615: Work, School, State—A sociological foundations course that examines different theories of the state and educational institutions. The readings include Karl Marx, Max Weber, Louis Althusser, Emile Durkheim, Michele Foucault
- ECS 6950/7950: Global knowledge, text and performance. The course examines theories of globalization and connects these themes to educational trends and processes. Authors include Arjun Appadurai, Manual Castells, Paul Gilroy, Joel Spring, E. Wallerstein
- ECS 7671: Qualitative Research Methods. This course focuses on the models and methods of conceptualizing and carrying out qualitative research. A thorough examination and practice of interviewing, observation, and data analysis are conducted. The authors that are read in this course include N. Denzin, M. Bakhtin, E. Mishler, A. Strauss, A. Briggs, P. Lather.
When not working, Ed is either on his bike, his skis, or in his dancing shoes moving to some salsa, cumbia or soul.