School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Paul C. Gorski

Paul C.  Gorski

Paul C. Gorski

Associate Professor

Social Justice Teacher Education, Activist Burnout and Persistence, Poverty and Educational Opportunity

Paul C. Gorski is an activist, author, and educator focusing on a wide range of social justice and human rights issues. His primary interests include poverty and economic justice, racial justice, queer justice, and animal rights. He is the founder of EdChange (http://www.edchange.org), has served two terms on the board of directors of the International Association for Intercultural Education. He has written more than 50 articles and written, co-written, or co-edited 10 books including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap; Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini), and Voices for Diversity and Social Justice (with Julie Landsman and Rosanna Salcedo). At Mason Paul coordinates SIS's Social Justice Minor and Social Justice and Human Rights concentration as well as a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights. He lives in Falls Church wth his cat, Buster.

Current Research

(1) Studying activist burnout and persistence in long-time racial justice activists in the US

(2) Studying approaches to social justice teacher education as enacted in colleges of education in the US and Canada

Selected Publications

Chen, C., & Gorski, P. (2015). Burnout in social justice and human rights activists: Symptoms, causes, and implications. Journal of Human Rights Practice.

Gorski, P. (2015). Relieving burnout and the ‘martyr syndrome’ among social justice education activists: The implications and effects of mindfulness. The Urban Review, 47(4), 696-716.

Gorski, P. (2014). Consumerism as racial and economic injustice: The macroaggressions that make me, and maybe you, a hypocrite. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 4(1), 1-21.

Gorski, P. (2013). Reaching and teaching students in poverty: Strategies for erasing the opportunity gap. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Gorski, P., Zenkov, K., Osei-Kofi, N., & Sapp, J. (Eds.), (2012). Cultivating social justice teachers: How teacher educators have helped students overcome cognitive bottlenecks and learn critical social justice concepts. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Expanded Publication List

Peer Reviewed Articles

Gorski, P., & Chen, C. (2015). ‘Frayed all over’: The causes and consequences of activist burnout among social justice education activists. Educational Studies, 51(5), 385-405.

Chen, C., & Gorski, P. (2015). Burnout in social justice and human rights activists: Symptoms, causes, and implications. Journal of Human Rights Practice.

Gorski, P. (2015). Relieving burnout and the ‘martyr syndrome’ among social justice education activists: The implications and effects of mindfulness. The Urban Review, 47(4), 696-716.

Gorski, P. (2014). Consumerism as racial and economic injustice: The macroaggressions that make me, and maybe you, a hypocrite. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 4(1), 1-21.

Gorski, P., Davis, S., & Reiter, A. (2013). The (in)visbility of sexual orientation, heterosexism, homophobia, and other LGBT concerns in U.S. multicultural teacher education coursework. Journal of LGBT Youth, 10(3), 224-248.

Gorski, P., Davis, S., & Reiter, A. (2012). Self-efficacy and multicultural teacher education in the U.S.: The factors that influence who feels qualified to be a multicultural teacher educator. Multicultural Perspectives, 14(4), 220-228.

Gorski, P. (2012). Instructional, institutional, and sociopolitical challenges of teaching multicultural teacher education courses. The Teacher Educator [Manuscript Acceptance Rate: 7%], 47(3), 216-235.

Gorski, P. (2012). Perceiving the problem of poverty and schooling: Deconstructing the class stereotypes that misshape education policy and practice. Equity & Excellence in Education, 45(2), 302-319.

Gorski, P. (2012). Complicating white privilege: Poverty, class, and the nature of the knapsack. Teachers College Record [Manuscript Acceptance Rate: 8%]. Available: http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=16687

Gorski, P., and Goodman, R. (2011). Is there a hierarchy of oppression in U.S. multicultural teacher education coursework? Action in Teacher Education, 33, 455-475.

Gorski, P. (2011). Strategic oppositionality to animal rights “antis”: Identity-building and the United States Sportsmen Alliance. Journal of Critical Animal Studies, 9(3), 61-79.

Books

Landsman, J., Salcedo, R., & Gorski, P. (Eds.) (2015). Voices for equity and social justice: A literary education anthology. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

Goodman, R., & Gorski, P. (Eds.) (2015). Decolonizing “multicultural” counseling and psychology through social justice. New York: Springer.

Gorski, P., & Pothini, S. (2014). Case studies on diversity and social justice education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Brown, E., Gorski, P., & Lazaridis, G. (Eds.) (2014). Poverty, class and schooling: Global perspectives on economic justice and educational equity. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Gorski, P., & Zenkov, K. (Eds.) (2014). The big lies of school reform: Finding new ways forward for public education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Gorski, P., & Landsman, J. (Eds.) (2014). The poverty and education reader: A call for equity in many voices. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Gorski, P. (2013). Reaching and teaching students in poverty: Strategies for erasing the opportunity gap. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Gorski, P., Zenkov, K., Osei-Kofi, N., & Sapp, J. (Eds.), (2012). Cultivating social justice teachers: How teacher educators have helped students overcome cognitive bottlenecks and learn critical social justice concepts. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Ahlquist, R., Gorski, P., & Montaño, T. (Eds.). (2011). Assault on Kids: How Hyper-Accountability, Corporatization, Deficit Ideology, and Ruby Payne Are Destroying Our Schools. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Grants and Fellowships

Pollination Project Seed Grant, “Well-Being and Self-Care for Animal Rights Activists,” $1,000

2015 Summer Research Funding, “Racial Justice Activist Burnout and Sustainability,” $4,200, George Mason University.

Co-Principal Investigator, Center for Consciousness and Transformation Research Seed Grant, “Sustaining Movements for Social Change: Bringing Well-Being Practices into Social Justice and Human Rights Advocacy Communities,” 2013-2015, $29,340, George Mason University.

2010 CHSS Faculty Research and Development Award, $5,000, George Mason University.

Courses Taught

NCLC 337: Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation
NCLC 436: Social Justice Education
NCLC 336: Poverty, Wealth, and Inequality
NCLC 540: Contemporary Issues in Social Justice and Human Rights
NCLC 338: Animal Rights and Humane Education
NCLC 475: Animal Rights and Ecofeminism
NCLC 395: School Through Students’ Eyes
NCLC 101: Narratives of Identity
CTCH 792: Social Justice in Higher Education
NCLC 375: Equity and Diversity in Education
EDUC 537: Foundations of Multicultural Education
CTCH 606: Diversity in Higher Education
NCLC 334: Environmental Justice

Education

PhD, Educational Evaluation, University of Virginia
MEd, Social Foundations of Education, University of Virginia
BA, Sociology / Rhetoric and Communications, University of Virginia

Recent Presentations

“Poverty, Education, and Justice: The Role of Ideology.” Global Education Conference, Udmurt State University, Russia, October 2015

“Advancing the Equity Literacy of Teachers through Lessons about Poverty and Education." National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, New Orleans, October 2015

“Healing the Movement from Within.” Animal Rights National Conference, Washington, DC, August 2015 (with Dallas Rising and Lisa Levinson)

“De-Colonizing ‘Diversity’ in Higher Education.” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Washington, DC, May 2015

“Consumerism as Racial Injustice: The Macro-Aggressions that Make Me, and Maybe You, a Hypocrite.” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2014