Ellen Bigler

Henry Barnard School (HBS) 217-1
(401) 456-8385

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany

  • M.A., State University of New York at Albany

  • B.A., Ohio State University


After graduating with a BA in Sociology, Dr. Bigler participated in National Teacher Corps in Schenectady New York. She subsequently taught secondary Social Studies in New York for 13 years before leaving to pursue graduate work in cultural anthropology where she combined her interests in diversity and education. In her doctoral research she examined a community conflict between Latinos and senior white ethnics in upstate New York, where struggles over multiculturalism and bilingualism came to the fore. She has published numerous articles on schooling in a diverse society and U.S. Latinos, and is the author of American Conversations: Puerto Ricans, White Ethnics, and Multiculturalism, published by Temple University in 1999. She served as a consultant for the New York State curriculum project Latinos in the USA: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, and has led teacher training sessions on diversity-related issues in New York and Rhode Island. In 2002 she received a Fulbright to teach and conduct research in Salvador Brazil, where she focused on race, identity, and educational wellbeing in Brazilian public schools. She continues to pursue research in Salvador, and has begun to examine educational issues for Brazilian youth in the northeast.

Courses Taught

ANTH 101: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 418, SSCI 418/518: Cultural Pluralism
ANTH 461/561, FNED 461: Latinos in the USA
FNED 346: Schooling in a Democratic Society
SED 410: History/Social Studies Secondary Education Practicum
SED 422: History/Social Studies Student Teacher Seminar

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