Christopher L. Busey

Associate Professor
College of Education
Center for Latin American Studies
Research Interests

Critical race theory; critical theories of race; Black civic education; Black Diaspora education; Black studies and education; Latina/o studies and education; Afro-Latina/o and Afro-Latin American studies in education; intellectual thought and history; Black political thought and education; social education and curriculum studies; sociology of education; critical pedagogy; culturally responsive learning

Geographic Expertise

African diaspora in the Americas

Curriculum Vitae
  • EDF 6820 - Education in Latin America
  • EDG 7303 - Teacher Learning and Socialization in High Poverty Schools
  • EDG 6636 - Theorizing Race and Racism in Educational Research 
  • EDF 6939 - Critical Race Theory in Educational Research 
  • EDG 6226 - Foundations of Research in Curriculum & Instruction 
  • SSE 4312 - Elementary Social Studies for Diverse Learners

Dr. Christopher L. Busey joins the Center for Latin American Studies in the capacity of joint professor with the College of Education where he teaches graduate courses for the Critical Studies in Race, Ethnicity and Culture doctoral concentration. Dr. Busey’s research examines 1) the contextualization of Black Latinx/Latin American history in citizenship education curriculum, 2) intersections between African American and Black Latin American racial thought, and 3) the racial politics of education for Afro-descendants across the Americas. This inter and multidisciplinary approach to educational studies is informed by multiple strands of Black thought such as African Diaspora theory, U.S. Black Latinx and Afro Latin American studies, transnational Black feminism, and decolonial studies. These explorations are often assigned relevance to civic and citizenship formations and appear in leading journals such as Educational Researcher, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teachers College Record, and Theory & Research in Social Education. He has also authored a chapter on Black Latinx education for the forthcoming Handbook of Latinos and Education. He presents his scholarship in venues such as the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. Busey’s research has been influential in broadening discourses on Black history education, U.S. Latinx education, the racial politics of education, and educational theory. As a result of his scholarship, he has been invited by the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at the University of Texas Austin to lead workshops for K-12 teachers. His paper on a transnational conceptualization of Critical Race Theory won the 2018 AERA Social Studies Research SIG Outstanding Paper Award. More recently, Dr. Busey was also awarded a Spencer Foundation Grant to support a book-length research project that situates Black Latinx and Black Latin American formation of social, political, and intellectual thought as foundational to the Black radical educative tradition. He is also collaborating on several forthcoming research studies with colleagues from Colombia related to Ley 70 and La Cátedra Afrocolombiana.

For the past four years, Dr. Busey has served as an active affiliate with the Center for Latin American Studies. In this role, he has co-created a MALAS Specialization, co-chaired master’s theses, taught cross-listed courses, created a new course (EDF 6820-Education in Latin America), and served a two-year term on the FAC. His activity with the center has also led to the recruitment of several doctoral students who have continued their graduate education at UF under his apprenticeship.