Joseph Levitan

Joseph Levitan

Biography:

Joseph Levitan is a PhD Candidate in Educational Leadership and Comparative and International Education at Penn State. His research focuses on socially just education, and includes work in culturally responsive education policy and practice, community-based education development, and teachers’ identity development in complex cultural contexts. Levitan is also the co-founder and Director of Educational Programing and Operations at the Sacred Valley Project, a non-governmental organization dedicated to ensuring that Quechua young women are able to attend secondary school and become powerful leaders in the Peruvian Andes. Prior to his work in Pennsylvania and Peru, Levitan received an MA in International Educational Development at Columbia University Teachers College and taught History and English Language Arts in an urban public middle school in Baltimore City.

As a FLAS Graduate Fellow Levitan was able to expand his language capacities to include Portuguese, in addition to English, Spanish and some Quechua. He was also able to delve into the history of Latin America to better understand the historical contexts surrounding issues of social justice for non-dominant groups, such as indigenous communities and the African diaspora. 

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