Virginia Lea

School of Education

Office: 121 Heritage Hall
Phone: 715/232-1622


  •  Ph.D. Education
    • University of California-Berkeley
    • Dissertation: Ideology, Identity and Practice: A Study of White Teachers as Social and Cultural Agents in the Classroom
    • 1998
  • M.A. Education
    • San Francisco State University
    • Emphasis: Multicultural Secondary Education
    • 1992
  • B.Ed. Sociology
    • University of London
    • Minor: Educational Psychology
    • 1971

Research Interests

  • Building equitable, sustainable, educational, economic and political models and the collaborative people networks necessary to turn these models into reality
  • Critical multicultural pedagogies, critical race theory, critical anti-colonial theory-theory that drives equitable, bi/multilingual, anti-racist/classist/sexist/homophobic/ableist practice
  • "Educulturalism"-facilitating critical consciousness about social, cultural and historical issues through music, the visual and performing arts, oral history, narrative and dialogue
  • Impact of hegemony (including whiteness) and mechanisms of power on educator and student ideology, identity and practice and institutional reproduction and change
  • Recruitment of teachers of color and low-income people into the teaching profession
  • Social and cultural analysis of education
  • Social studies education

Courses Taught

Exploring How Racism and Colonialism Impact Families and Education
Multiculturalism: Dialogue & Field Experience
Multiculturalism: Issues & Perspectives
Cross-Cultural Field Experience

Leadership Roles

  • Hegemony Project Director
    • University of Wisconsin-Stout
    • 2012-Present
  • Infusing Diversity Across the Curriculum Co-Facilitator
    • University of Wisconsin-Stout
    • 2011-Present
  • Pride Alliance Co-Chair
    • University of Wisconsin-Stout
    • 2011-2013
  • Proposals Committee Co-Chair
    • National Association for Multicultural Education
    • 2010-Present
  • Multiculturalism Across the School of Education Curriculum
    • University of Wisconsin-Stout
    • 2010-Present
  • President of Northern California
    • National Association for Multicultural Education
    • 2005-2008
  • Director of Project Quest
    • Sonoma State University
    • 2002-2006
  • Educultural Foundation Director
    • 501 (c)3 CA Educational Non-Profit Organization
    • 1993-Present