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Busey, Christopher L.

Associate Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
2-202 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4041

Research Biography

Dr. Christopher L. Busey is an associate professor in the Teachers, Schools, and Society program in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida where he primarily teaches courses for the Critical Studies in Race, Ethnicity, and Culture specialization. He is also affiliate faculty for the Center for Latin American Studies and the African American Studies program. Dr. Busey’s transdisciplinary research agenda draws from multiple strands of Black thought such as African Diaspora theory, AfroLatinx/American studies, transnational Black feminism, and decolonial studies. More recently, Dr. Busey’s research examines Afro-Latinx/Afro-Latin American history and citizenship education, intersections of African-American and Afro-Latin American racial thought, and the racial politics of education for Afro-descendants across the Americas. These explorations are often assigned relevance to civic and citizenship formations. Dr. Busey received the 2017-2018 Global Fellows Award from the University of Florida International Center to support his most recent research project which situates Black ethnic education within broader political reform efforts driven by Black activism. Dr. Busey has published over 15 scholarly manuscripts related to his research interests. He is a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). His paper on anti-Black racism in Latin America and a transnational conceptualization of Critical Race Theory won the 2018 AERA Social Studies Research SIG Outstanding Paper Award.


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

2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award, College of Education, University of Florida, April 2020

Superior Accomplishment Award, University of Florida, Student Affairs, February 2020

Outstanding Paper Award, American Educational Research Association, Social Studies Research SIG, April 2018


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

Articles and Book Chapters

Busey, C. L. (2020). 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 (pp. 255-268). New York, NY: Routledge. 

Busey, C. L., & Milligan, E. (2020). Transnational blackness: Theoretical, curricular, and pedagogical considerations for contextualizing Afro-Latin@ identity in U.S. history courses. In K. Caldwell & E. Chavez (Eds.), Engaging the African Diaspora in K-12 education (pp. 153-164). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Busey, C. L. (2019). Más que esclavos: A BlackCrit examination of the treatment of Afro-Latin@s in U.S. high school world history textbooks. Journal of Latinos and Education, 18(3), 197-214. doi: 10.1080/15348431.2017.1386102

Khan, N. M., Simmons, C., & Busey, C. L. (2019). Same story, different country? A comparative analysis of representations of Black histories in mainstream secondary textbooks across the African Diaspora. In L.J. King (Ed.), Perspectives on the teaching of Black history in schools (pp. 127-149). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Busey, C. L. (2018). Diaspora literacy and Afro-Latin humanity: A critical Studyin’ case study of a world history teacher’s critical sociohistorical knowledge development. Race, Ethnicity and Education. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/13613324.2018.1511531

Pimentel, C., & Busey, C. L. (2018). Hollywood films as social studies curriculum: Advancing a critical media literacy approach to analyzing Black male representation. Critical Education, 9(4), 1-17. doi: 10.14288/ce.v9i4.186194

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 (pp. 57-64). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Busey, C. L., & Vickery, A. E. (2018). 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 (pp. 25-48). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

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.

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), 456-488. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2017.1320251