Sherry L. Deckman is an associate professor of education at Lehman College, the City University of New York (CUNY) and an affiliated faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Urban Education and Social Welfare programs. She is also the current editor of the Journal for Multicultural Education (Emerald Publishing).
Dr. Deckman’s current research and teaching focus on how educators are prepared to work with students from diverse race, class, and gender backgrounds, as well as how educators address issues of race, class, and gender inequity in schools. Other recent research has explored how undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds negotiate race, class, and gender while participating in culturally focused performing arts groups, which is the topic of her 2022 book, Black Space: Negotiating Race, Diversity, and Belonging in the Ivory Tower (Rutgers University Press). Dr. Deckman’s research has appeared in top venues in the field such as Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, the Journal of Teacher Education, and Urban Education.
Dr. Deckman’s career in education began as a high school teacher in Washington, DC and Fukuoka, Japan. Since then, she has supported beginning and pre-service teachers in Boston and Cambridge, MA, upstate New York, and across New York City. Dr. Deckman completed her doctorate at Harvard University.