Maureen Porter
Faculty

Maureen Porter, an anthropologist of education, studies the social construction of “education” and situated learning in culturally-specific communities of practice. Her engaged scholarship in schools, neighborhoods, and community organizations takes place in five priority contexts:

  • Developing place-based and culturally-inclusive pedagogies
  • Generating feminist critiques of STE(A)M, educational leadership, and international development programs
  • Sponsoring intercultural and international service-learning, global competence programs, and collaborative exchanges
  • Fostering meaningful intergenerational community rituals
  • Cultivating best practices in aesthetic education and arts-based research design

School Affiliations


Recent Grants

Steve Manners Grant: Mapping New Bodies of Knowledge

2013 - 2014

Women's Studies Faculty Course Development Award

2013 - 2014

Recent Publications

Porter, M.K., & Cristobal, N. (2018). Cultivating aloha 'aina through critical indigenous pedagogies of place. Journal of Folklore and Education, 5 (2). Retrieved from: https://www.locallearningnetwork.org/journal-of-folklore-and-education/current-and-past-issues/jfe-vol-5-2018/journal-of-folklore-and-education-volume-5-issue-2/cultivating-aloha-aina/
[Swift Fox Media}. (2017, Sept. 19). An Ethiopian Expedition: Learn All About Ethiopia! [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klYl6MUYmuc
Porter, M.K. (2016). The 2015 Smithsonian Festival: Constructing durable bridges between the Americas. Report submitted to the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, on behalf of the American Folklore Society's Consultancy and Professional Development Program. To be available on: http://www.afsnet.org/?page=consprofdev
Ethiopian Indigenous Wisdom and Culture Research Team: Fulbright Hays. (2018). Ethiopia Fulbright Hays Lesson Plans. Retrieved from https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/africa/content/ethiopia-lesson-plans-fulbright-hays
Porter, M.K. & Dawkins, S. (2017). Children of Shangri-Lost. Journal of Folklore and Education. Special Issue on Newcomers and Belonging. retrieved from: https://www.locallearningnetwork.org/journal-of-folklore-and-education/current-and-past-issues/jfe-vol-4-2017/children-shangri-lost/.
Maureen Porter

Contact

University of Pittsburgh
5709 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-7041
mporter@pitt.edu