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Busey, Christopher L.

Busey, ChristopherAssistant Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
2201 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4041
Fax: 352-392-9193

Research Biography

Dr. Busey’s research broadly examines the intersection of race and education across multiple contexts with a specific focus on social studies curriculum and pedagogy, curriculum history, critical race theory, and teacher education. His more current work focuses on [re-]conceptualizing and contextualizing narratives relevant to Afro-Latinx education and Black Diaspora history within K-20 curricular discourses. Dr. Busey’s research also relies upon critical theories of race to examine teacher education practices in addition to the lived experiences of students and educators of color in various educational settings.

He has published over 15 articles and book chapters related to race and education. Dr. Busey is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and is the 2018 College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) Program Chair.


Ph.D. in Social Science Education, August 2013
University of Central Florida

M.A. in Social Science Education, May 2009
University of Central Florida

B.A. in Political Science, African American Studies, August 2006
University of Florida

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 2017 – Present

Assistant Professor, Texas State University, 2014 – 2017

Assistant Professor, Kent State University, 2013 – 2014

Activities and Honors

Awards, Honors, and Invitations

Keynote Speaker, The Race to Learn: The Impact on Educational Practices in K-12 Schools, Texas State University Round Rock Annual Speaker Series, 2017

Presidential College Award for Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University College of Education, 2017

Presidential Distinction Award for Service, Texas State University, 2016

Service Positions

Program Chair, College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) Annual Conference, 2018

Advisory Board Member, Social Issues in Education Series, Information Age Publishing


Busey, C. L. (2016). Black in Mexico: Rethinking Mexican and Latin@ Identity for the 21st Century. Proposal submitted to the Texas State University Equity & Access Grant.
Amount Awarded: $2,000 with matching funds.

Busey, C. L. (2014). The Afro-Latin@ in Social Studies: Enhancing Content Knowledge for Social Studies Education. Proposal submitted to the Texas State University College of Education Pilot Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $4,596

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Busey, C. L., & Mencke, P. M. (2018). They never lynched you, they never called you a n*****”: Black athletes, black critical patriotism, and the mid-20th century freedom movement. In W. Blakenship (Ed.), Teaching the struggle for civil rights, 1948-1976 (forthcoming). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Busey, C. L., & Cruz, B. C. (2017). A shared heritage: Afro-Latin@s and Black history. In L. J. Scott & K. J. Carillo (Eds.), Afro-Latinx and the media: What the media teaches our kids about race, class, and gender identity (forthcoming).* New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
*This article was published in 2015 and was selected for reprint by book editors.

Busey, C. L. (2017). Anti-Black racism, racial inequality, and Black death in Latin America: Is racial equality a civil right or a human right? In B. Maguth & G. Wu (Eds.), Global learning based on the C3 Framework in the K-12 social studies classroom (forthcoming). Silver Springs, MD: National Council for the Social Studies.

Busey, C. L., & Vickery, A. E. (2017). Black like me: Race pedagogy and Black elementary social studies teacher educators. In S. B. Shear, C. M. Tschida, E. Bellows, L. B. Buchanan, & E. E. Saylor (Eds.), Making controversial issues relevant for elementary social studies: A critical reader (forthcoming). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Busey, C. L. (2017). Toward a Latin@ critical race theory: Examining race, racism, and Afro-Latinidad in world history and human geography. In P. T. Chandler & T. S. Hawley (Eds.), Race lessons: Using inquiry to teach about race in social studies (forthcoming). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Manuscripts (Peer-Reviewed/Refereed)

Busey, C. L. (in press). Más que esclavos y mulatt@s: An examination of the treatment of Afro-Latin@s in U.S. high school world history textbooks. Journal of Latinos and Education.

Pimentel, C., & Busey, C. L. (in press). Hollywood films as social studies curriculum: Advancing a critical media literacy approach to analyzing Black male representation. Critical Education.

Adams, M., & Busey, C. L. (2017). “They want to erase that past”: Examining race and Afro-Latin@ identity with bilingual elementary students. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 30(1), 13-18.

Levicky, M. T., & Busey, C. L. (2017). Played in full: Exploring the democratic values of pick-up soccer and basketball. Social Education, 81(4), 229-233.

Busey, C. L., & Walker, I. (2017). A dream and a bus: Black critical patriotism in elementary social studies standards. Theory & Research in Social Education, 45(4). doi: 10.1080/00933104.2017.1320251

Busey, C. L., & Cruz B. C. (2017). Who is Afro-Latin@: Examining the social construction of race and négritude in Latin America and the Caribbean. Social Education, 81(1), 37-42.

Porterfield, S., & Busey, C. L. (2016). A step towards racial literacy: Engaging students in racial current events in the social studies classroom. Ohio Social Studies Review, 53(1), 5-15.

Busey, C. L. (2016). Teaching the election with purpose: Toward a framework of racial media literacy and [socio] political consciousness when discussing elections in the social studies classroom. The Clearing House, 89(6), 228-234. doi: 10.1080/00098655.2016.1235954

Busey, C. L., & Russell, W. B. (2016). “We want to learn”: Middle school Latino/a students discuss social studies curriculum and pedagogy. Research in Middle Level Education, 39(4), 1-20. doi: 10.1080/19404476.2016.1155921

Busey, C. L., & Waters, K. S. (2016). Who are we? The demographic and professional identity of social studies teacher educators. Journal of Social Studies Research, 40(1), 71-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jssr.2015.07.001

Busey, C. L., & Cruz, B. C. (2015). A shared heritage: Afro-Latin@s and Black history. The Social Studies, 106(6), 293-300. doi: 10.1080/00377996.2015.1085824