Matthew William Mendoza
Matthew Mendoza graduated Amherst College as an Independent Scholar in 2010. After teaching in Spain through a Fulbright fellowship, he returned to Massachusetts to serve as an Americorps VISTA in Boston. That work directly supported the Boston Public Schools' Re-Engagement Center, whose staff helps hundreds of students who have dropped out to return to school each year, and the city's SuccessBoston initiative, which helps BPS students to get in and get through college. The city's workforce development board then created a position for him in the fledgling Research and Evaluation department, where he works with a labor economist to evaluate programs and conduct qualitative and quantitative investigation in the interest of Boston residents.
At Amherst, my cursus emphasized the social processes of learning broadly, and the sociology of the American public school in particular. A proud product of Massachusetts public schools, I find myself returning to them to work and study; to challenge ideas acquired at college and to contribute to the education of others.
Emerging from this experience are my research interests in the anthropology of learning, the construction of objects by social scientists (and the social effects thereof), the acquisition and practical deployment of teacherly skill, and especially the confluence of all of these social processes at the levels of subjective experience and objective regularities (or, perhaps, the anthropological and sociological levels) of educational inequality and social differentiation.
My senior thesis, for example, examined ethnographically a year-long teacher education program (granting a master's in elementary education), focusing especially on how a predominantly white and female group of students learned to think though, talk about, and work with 'racial' and 'cultural' difference.
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