Dr. David Gillborn

PhD, University of Nottingham; BA, University of Nottingham

Author/Co-author of: The Colour of Class: The Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes (2014); Racism and Education: Coincidence or Conspiracy? (2008); Rationing Education: Policy, Practice, Reform and Equity (2000); Racism and Antiracism in Real Schools: Theory. Policy. Practice. (1995); ‘Race’ Ethnicity and Education: Teaching and Learning in Multi-Ethnic Schools (1990)

Dr. David Gillborn is Professor of Critical Race Studies and Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. His research work focuses on research methods and controversies in race scholarship, and on race inequalities in education, especially racism as a complex part of education policy and practice. Such inequalities lead to a negative impact on the educational experiences of Black students.

Born in Nottingham in the English midlands, Gillborn’s earliest interests were connected more to making music than that of receiving higher education but, after leaving his musical aspirations behind, he received bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Nottingham. He began his career in higher-education teaching at the University of Sheffield, then the Institute of Education, where he stayed for nearly 20 years, before moving to Birmingham.

Gillborn has written six books and more than 140 refereed articles, chapters, and reports. He is founding editor and editor-in-chief of the journal Race Ethnicity and Education.

And for accomplishments that demonstrate “personal courage and professional commitment to supporting and advocating race equality in education,” Gillborn received the Derrick Bell Legacy Award from the Critical Race Studies in Education Association.

He and his wife Dorn have two daughters, Becky and Sarah.

Dr. Gillborn was invited to the Laureate Chapter in 2015.