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Gloria Swindler Boutte, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Carolina Distinguished Professor, Early Childhood Education
Department: Teacher Education
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-2018
Office: Wardlaw 204

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Gloria Boutte. Ph.D.


Gloria Boutte is a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina. For more than three decades, Boutte’s scholarship, teaching, and service have focused on equity pedagogies. Boutte is the author/editor of four books: (1) African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education (2) Educating African American Students: And how are the children; (3) Multicultural Education: Raising Consciousness and (4) Resounding Voices: School Experiences of People From Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds.

She has received millions of dollars in grants and has more than 90 publications.  Boutte has presented nationally and internationally on equity, community, curriculum, instruction, and diversity issues.  She has received prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Scholar (taught in Nigeria for one year) and Fulbright Specialist (taught at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and University of Guyana in South America).

Boutte is the founder of the Center of Excellence for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEEAAS). She has presented her work and/or served as a visiting scholar internationally in every continent except Antartica- e.g., Cameroon, Colombia, China, Sierra Leone, Ghana, England, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Australia, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Canada. In 2017, Boutte and George Johnson created a curriculum, Drs. Diaspora, which teaches about African and African American history and culture.


Ph.D. in Educational Research at the University of South Carolina

Areas of Expertise

Culturally relevant pedagogy; culturally and linguistically diverse students; African American students; African American language and biliteracy; culturally relevant curriculum; equity methodologies; African Diaspora Literacy

Selected Publications


Boutte, G. S. (2022). Educating African American students.  And how are the children.  (2nd ed.). Routledge. 

Boutte, G. S., King, J. E., Johnson, G. L., & King, L. J. (2021).  We be lovin’ Black children. Learning to be literate about the African Diaspora. Myers Education Press. Winner: 2022 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. 

Johnson, L., Boutte, G. S., Greene, G., & Smith, D.  (2018). African Diaspora Literacy: The heart of transformation in K-12 schools and teacher education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. . Winner: 2019 American Educational and Developmental Science Association Critics’ Choice Book Award.

Boutte, G. S. (2016).  Educating African American students: And how are the children? New York, NY: Routledge.

Boutte, G. S.  (2002). Resounding voices: School experiences of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Boutte, G. (1999). Multicultural education:  Raising consciousness.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 


Selected referred publications and chapters

Johnson, L., Bryan, N., & Boutte, G. S., (2018). Show us the love: Revolutionary and loving teaching in (un)critical times. Urban Review (special issue). “What’s love got to do with it?” Looking for love in urban schooling. The Urban Review.

Boutte, G. S. (2018). Taking culturally relevant teaching to the big house: Implications for Early Childhood teacher educators. The New Educator, 14(2), 171-184. DOI:10.1080/1547688X.2018.1426327

Jackson, T. O., & Boutte, G. S. (guest editors) (2018). Exploring culturally relevant/responsive pedagogy as praxis in teacher education. New Educator. DOI:10.1080/1547688X.2018.1426320

Boutte, G. S., Johnson, G. L., Wynter-Hoyte, K., & Uyoata, U.E. (2017). Using African Diaspora Literacy to heal and restore the souls of Black folks. International critical childhood policy studies journal, 6(1), 66-79.

Nash, K., Howard, J., Miller, E., Boutte, G. S., Johnson, G., & Reid, L. (2017). Critical racial literacy in homes, schools, and communities: Propositions for early childhood contexts. Contemporary Education. Doi/abs/10.1177/1463949117717293

Boutte, G. S. (2017). Teaching About Racial Equity Issues in Teacher Education. In T. Durden, S. Curenton, and I. Iruka (Eds.), African American children in Early Childhood Education: Making the case for policy investments in families, schools, and communities, pp. 247-266. United Kingdom: Emerald.

Boutte, G. S. (2014).  “And how are the children? Critical literacy for liberation, Journal of Education and Development in the   Caribbean, 13 (1-2), 3-18.

Boutte, G. S., & Johnson, G.(2014).  Community and family involvement in urban schools. In H. R. Milner & K. Lomotey (Eds.). Handbook on urban education, pp. 167-82. New York, NY: Routledge.

Boutte, G. S., & Jackson, T. O.  (2013). Advice to White allies: Insights from faculty of color. Race, Ethnicity, and Education, 17(5),623-642. 

Boutte, G. S., & Johnson, G.(2013).  Who Can Teach African American Students? Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions About Their Preparation To Teach African American Students. African American Learners Journal, 2 (2). online journal.

Boutte, G.S., & Johnson, G. L., Jr. (2013).  Funga Alafia. Toward welcoming, understanding and respecting African American Speakers’ Bilingualism and Biliteracy. Equity and Excellence in Education. Special Issue on Social Justice Approaches to African American Language and Literacies, 46(3), 300-314.

Selected presentations

African Diaspora Literacy as Healing: Past, Present, and Future. Keynote Address. University of Ghana Institute of African Studies (co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. August 15, 2019.

Beyond the Illusion of Equity: Sustaining Legacies and Pedagogies of Love. Plymouth State University. New Hampshire. July 23, 2019.

Using African Diaspora Literacy to Heal and Restore the Souls of Black Students. South Carolina Council for African American Studies (SCCAAS). February 2, 2019.

Education As a Human Right: Deepening the Narrative. South Carolina Education Association (SCEA). Columbia, SC. March 20, 2019.

Equity in Educational Partnerships. Keynote Address: University of Delaware. May 24, 2018.

Using African Diaspora Literacy to Heal and Restore the Souls of Black Students. A national webinar. A Black Education Network. March 28, 2018.

What Color Is Beautiful? Beyond the Illusion of Diversity. Keynote Address. South Carolina Association of Early Care and Education (SCAECE). 29th Annual Conference. February 3, 2018.

Returning to the Center: What We Can Learn From African Systems of Thought and Morality. (with George Johnson). Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE). Taupo, New Zealand. November 2, 2016.

Using Research-Based Pan-African Heritage Knowledge in Critical Educational Alternatives to 21st-Century Digital Plantations. (with Joyce King, Janice Fournillier, Melissa Speight Vaughn, and Chike Akua).  World Educational Research Association Symposium. Washington, DC. April 9. 2016.

Pathways to Excellence: Strengthening the Learning and Development of Black Students. (with Tonia Durden, Marisha Humphries, Iheoma UIruka, and Stephanie Curenton). American Educational Research Association. Washington, DC. April 10, 2016.

Exploring Culturally Relevant/Responsive Pedagogy as Praxis in Teacher Education. American Educational Research Association. Washington, DC. April 11, 2016.

Equity pedagogies and research methodologies of hope. (Presidential Session). With Berte Van Wyk, Tambra Jackson, George Johnson, Liesel Ebersohn, and Mmantsetsa Marope). American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL. April 17, 2015.

Redemption Songs: Creating and Sustaining Legacies of Freedom Through Pedagogies of Music. (With Anthony Broughton and George Johnson). American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL. April 19, 2015.

Black people are the best people in the world, right Dear? (with George Johnson). National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  Boston, Massachusetts. November 23, 2013.

Using tri-dimensional lens to capture the voices and agency of emergent biliterate and bilingual African American Language speakers: A view from within.  (with George Johnson). Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference. Kenyatta University. Nairobi, Kenya. November 6, 2013.

Critical Literacy for Liberation. (keynote address). University of West Indies. Mona, Jamaica.  March 21, 2013.

Culturally responsive teaching: Contexts and cultures of students' lives. The City University of New York. (keynote address). February 28, 2013.

Transforming the Early Childhood Education program at the University of South Carolina. Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch, South Africa. (invited). May 11, 2012.

First, do no harm?  Creating and Sustaining Legacies of Care For African American Children and Families. (submitted with George Johnson). National Council of Teachers of English. Las Vegas, NV. November 17, 2012.

Improving outcomes for underserved children and families: Teaching toward transformation in ECE Teacher Education . (joint submission with Kelley Buchheister, Susi Long, Julia Lopez-Robertson, Elizabeth Powers-Costello). Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference. Penn State, PA. November 7, 2012.

National Black Education Agenda. Saving the African American child. Facilitator of Teacher Education Sessions (with Arnetha Ball). Chicago, IL. October 10-14, 2012.                                                           

Transforming the Early Childhood Education program at the University of South Carolina. Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch, South Africa. (invited with Tambra Jackson). May 11, 2012.

First do no harm? Creating and sustaining legacies of care for African American children and families.  (with George Johnson). Reconceptualizing Early Childhood  Education (RECE) Conference. London, England. October 29, 2011.

Happily ever after?  Limits and possibilities of professional development for equity in diverse cultural contexts (with George Johnson). Penn Ethnog Conference. Philadelphia, PA. February 26, 2011.

Selected Honors

Carolina Distinguished Professor. University of South Carolina 2018.

National Dropout Prevention Research Fellow, 2018

2018 Andrew Billingsley Faculty Award (for scholarship on Black families). Institute for Families in Society and African American Studies Program. University of South Carolina

Solomon E. Walker Award for Social Justice. South Carolina Education Association. January 2018.

Fulbright Scholar. Fall 2015-Spring 2016.  University of Uyo.  Uyo, Nigeria.-University of South Carolina

Educational Foundation Award for Research in Professional Schools. University of South Carolina. 2014.

Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of South Carolina. 2013.

Visiting Scholar, University of West Indies. Mona, Jamaica.  March 2013.

South Carolina Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (SCAECTE).  Distinguished Early Childhood Faculty.  January 2013.

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