Lisa (Leigh) Patel is an interdisciplinary researcher, educator, and writer. With a background in sociology, she researches and teaches about education as a site of social reproduction and as a potential site for transformation. She is an Associate Professor of Education at Boston College and works extensively with societally marginalized youth and teacher activists. Prior to working in the academy, Professor Patel was a journalist, a teacher, and a state-level policymaker. Across all of these experiences, her focus has been on the ways that education structures opportunities in society, and her daily work has been with youth who are marginalized through those structures.

Professor Patel, also published under Lisa Patel Stevens, is the author of the forthcoming Decolonizing Educational Research: From Ownership to Answerability (Routledge)Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education and the Politics of Inclusion (Teachers College Press), co-author of Critical Literacy: Context, Research, and Praxis in the K-12 Classroom (Sage) and co-editor of ReConstructing the Adolescent: Sign, Symbol and Body (Peter Lang Publishers).   She has authored dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters and has been a consistent voice in educational policymaking and policy analysis over a number of years. Her writing has also been featured in media outlets including The Feminist Wire, and HuffPost Live. She is a national board member of Education for Liberation, a long-standing organization dedicated to transformative education for marginalized populations. 

Youth held at the border: Immigration, education and the politics of inclusion 
Now available through TC Press

Named an American Educational Studies Association Critics' Book Choice of 2013
Nominated for the American Educational Research Association and National Association for Multicultural Education annual book

"It is no surprise that in Youth Held at the Border Patel has written the kind of book that education needs: a book careful to mold overpoliticized debates--in this case immigration--to the shape of the everyday lives, hearts, and minds of young people. This is a book that sounds a moral call we must heed."
Harvard Educational Review

Upcoming public talks and appearances:

November 12
Decentering Whiteness
Boston College, Campion 139, 2:30-4

November 18
National Council of Teachers of English
Minneapolis, MN

November 30
Tufts University

Intersectionality and literacy
Literacy Research Association
December 4, 2015
San Diego, CA

University of Ilinois-Chicago
February 8, 2016

Media from selected talks:

Panel on Toward what Justice, convened by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, with Nirmala Erevelles, Jen Jack Gieseking, Michael J. Dumas, and discussant Kris Gutierrez

Video interview on Youth held at the border

Panel on immigration and policy implications 

Panel on immigration, higher education, and the politics of inclusion 
featuring SIM activist Conrado Santos and community researcher Rocío Sánchez Ares