Beyond US-Centered Multicultural Foundations on Race


  • James C. Jupp University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto University of Texas Rio Grande Valley



race, multicultural education, cosmopolitan education, multicultural identity, ethics


Our conceptual essay begins with the recognition of the U.S. racialized tragedy and embattled discussions on race.  Within this tragedy and embattled discussion, we attempt to renew and reinvigorate authentic, dialogic, and vulnerable exchanges on race.  With this focus, we critique yet further advance multicultural foundations’ notions of racial identity predominant in the academy and in broader national discussions on race.  Critiquing yet advancing multicultural foundations, we emphasize conceptual content from five books on race and power by Cornel West.  Working through West’s conceptual content, we emphasize complex and historicized identifications and relationalities as key concepts in the present moment.

Author Biography

James C. Jupp, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

James C. Jupp is Professor and Chair in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  He worked in rural and inner-city Title I settings for eighteen years before accepting a position working with teachers, administrators, and researchers at the university level.  A public school teacher in diverse rural poor and inner-city Title I schools, his first line of research focuses on White teachers’ understandings of race, class, language, and difference pedagogy in teaching across cultural and racial difference.  Drawing on his experiences as teacher and researcher, he is currently the Lead Editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on “Second-wave White Teacher Identity Studies,” and he recently published a review of literature on the same theme in Review of Educational Research, the top-ranked journal in education research by impact factor in 2015.  Additionally, drawing on his experiences living and studying in Spanish language traditions in Mexico and Texas, his second line of research develops internationalized sensibilities in education with an emphasis on Latino curriculum targeted at informing education in Latin@ serving institutions, teacher education programs, and preservice and professional teacher education.  Overall, Jupp has published more than twenty scholarly articles in a variety of journals including the Review of Educational ResearchCurriculum Inquiry, Gender and EducationInternational Journal of Qualitative Research in EducationMulticultural Perspectives, Urban Education, the Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the English Journal, and Multicultural Review. His second book, Becoming Teachers of Inner-city Students, was published on Sense Publishers in 2013.




How to Cite

Jupp, J. C., & Espinosa-Dulanto, M. (2017). Beyond US-Centered Multicultural Foundations on Race. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 19(2), 20–43.



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