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Ernest Morrell (born April 27, 1971) is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and Associate Director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access. He is a Democratic candidate for California's 37th State Assembly district and the founder and President of Desert Highway Records.
Morrell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993, his California teaching credential in Secondary English (1994), Master of Arts Degree in Education (1997), and Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture (2001) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Morrell began his teaching career as an English teacher at Oakland High School in Oakland, California in 1994. While continuing to teach at Oakland High School, Morrell served as an instructor at the University of California Berkeley and supervised student teachers for the University of San Francisco. Beginning 1999, he served as a research associate at Center X  and an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. Morrell was then an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education and an affiliated faculty member of the African-American and African Studies and Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures departments at Michigan State University from 2001–2005. From 2002 - 2004, Morrell continued as a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2005, Morrell returned to the University of California, Los Angeles as a tenure-track assistant professor. In 2007, Morrell earned tenure and became an associate professor at UCLA.
Scholarship and publications
Morrell is the author of four books: Becoming Critical Researchers: Literacy and Empowerment for Urban Youth, Linking Literacy and Popular Culture: Finding Connections for Lifelong Learning, Critical Literacy and Urban Youth: Pedagogies of Access, Dissent, and Liberation, and The Art of Critical Pedagogies: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools. Morrell's scholarship focuses on how to provide youth the skills they need to succeed academically and function more powerfully as citizens in a multicultural democracy (see Multicultural education). A front-page story in the Los Angeles Times described how "Education professors Ernest Morrell and Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade use hip-hop lyrics to deepen students' understanding of established literary texts."
Awards and recognitions
In 1999, Morrell received a Certificate of Recognition for commitment to Oakland High School from the State of California Senate. Following graduate school, Morrell received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2001 from the University of California, Berkeley. He then received an American Educational Research Association/OERI postdoctoral fellowship for 2001–2004. In 2005, Morrell was selected for inclusion in Academic Keys Who's Who in Education. In 2008, Morrell received the Distinguished Teaching Award at University of California, Los Angeles. Morrell was featured in the UCLA Prime Magazine in an article titled, "7 Bruins Who Will Change the World"
Morrell resides in Camarillo with his spouse and two sons.
- Morrell, Ernest (2004). Becoming Critical Researchers: Literacy and Empowerment for Urban Youth. Peter Lang
- Morrell, Ernest (2004). Linking Literacy and Popular Culture: Finding Connections for Lifelong Learning. Christopher-Gordon Publishers
- Morrell, Ernest (2008). Critical Literacy and Urban Youth: Pedagogies of Access, Dissent, and Liberation. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-8058-5664-4
- "Critical literacy and urban youth; pedagogies of access, dissent, and liberation.(Brief article)(Book review)". Reference & Research Book News. August 1, 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- Duncan-Andrade, Jeffrey & Morrell, Ernest (2008). The Art of Critical Pedagogies: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools. Peter Lang. ISBN 978-0-8204-7415-1
- "The art of critical pedagogy; possibilities for moving from theory to practice in urban schools.(Brief Article)(Book Review)". Reference & Research Book News. May 1, 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- Hayasaki, Erika (January 14, 2003). "The State; COLUMN ONE; Reading, 'Riting and Rap; Teachers are using". Los Angeles Times. pp. A.1. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- Hayasaki, Erika (3 February 2003). "Street smarts". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- Wellington, Elizabeth (May 12, 2003). "Reading, Writing, Rapping.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved 2 January 2010. ...said Ernest Morrell, coauthor of "Promoting Academic Literacy With Urban Youth Through Engaging Hip-Hop Culture," an article published by the National...
- "Article: Tips for incorporating rap rhymes into English instruction: grades 6-12. (Language Artisans).". Curriculum Review. March 1, 2003. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- Thelandersson, Frederika (May, 2009) "7 Bruins who will change the world". Prime Magazine