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Teresa L. McCarty

Teresa L. McCarty, Professor of Education
Teresa L. McCarty

Moore Hall 1026
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90095-1521

Office Hours

By appointment


Teresa L. McCarty

I am a social-cultural anthropologist who lives and works in Tovaangar, the homelands of the Gabrielino-Tongva. As an educator and researcher, I honor the sovereignty of the Tongva people and my responsibility to learn from and with the Indigenous peoples of this place. At UCLA, I am the George F. Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology, and Faculty in American Indian Studies. My research, teaching, and community-based work center on Indigenous education, critical sociocultural studies of language planning and policy, Indigenous and minoritized language reclamation, and the ethnography of education in and out of schools. I am currently principal investigator on a multiyear, multimethod, U.S.-wide study of Indigenous-language immersion schooling funded by the Spencer Foundation.

Research Center


  • Professor of Education
  • Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology


  • Ph.D., Social-cultural Anthropology, Arizona State University
  • M.A., Social-cultural Anthropology, Arizona State University
  • B.A., Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • 2021-2022 - Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University
  • 2019 - Elected to the National Academy of Education
  • 2016 - Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Education, UCLA
  • 2015 - AERA 12th Annual Brown Lecture in Educational Research, for "producing significant research related to equality in education"


  • McCarty, T.L., & Brayboy, B. McK. J. (in press, 2021). Culturally responsive, sustaining, and revitalizing pedagogies: Perspectives from Native American education. In G. Ladson-Billings (Guest Ed.), Three decades of culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining pedagogy. Special Issue, The Educational Forum, 85(4).
  • Ali, Arshad I., & McCarty, T.L. (Eds.). (2020). Critical Youth Research in Education—Methodologies of Praxis and Care. New York, NY: Routledge. View Here
  • McCarty, T.L. (2020). The holistic benefits of education for Indigenous language revitalisation and reclamation (ELR2). Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. View Here
  • McCarty, T.L., Nicholas, S.E., & Wigglesworth, G. (Eds.). (2019). A World of Indigenous Languages—Politics, Pedagogies, and Prospects for Language Reclamation. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. View Here