Pryor-Ramirez, Judy

Pryor-Ramirez, Judy

Judy Pryor-Ramirez
MA, Sociology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
BA, Communication Studies, George Mason University
Director, Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Ethnicity and Race; Lecturer, Sociology

Judy Pryor-Ramirez strongly believes in the power of education as a liberatory practice as discussed in bell hooks’ text, Teaching to Transgress. A critical pedagogue and educator, Judy approaches her teaching, administration and scholarship by developing a firm theoretical orientation to the work. She draws from transformative learning theories and engaged, feminist and critical pedagogies as she believes these ways of knowing seriously challenge students’ value systems, worldviews and habits of mind where they can be transformed by the experience. Judy’s teaching and learning which invites students into transformative learning experiences that follow in the rich tradition of Freire, Giroux, hooks, Morrell and others supports Lang’s seminar class model and inquiry-based curriculum.

Judy is also the Director of Civic Engagement and Social Justice at Lang where she oversees the office, faculty engagement, and community partnerships. In addition, she directs The Jeff Gural Academic Achievement & Opportunity Scholarship Program, a selective four year scholarship program for first year students who demonstrate high academic merit and high financial need. Judy is a critical voice and advocate for Lang on various committees related to civic engagement and social justice across the college and university. Outside of the The New School, she is working with the Brooklyn Historical Society to develop a digital curriculum project for K-12 educators utilizing the society’s collection of oral history and public programming materials that examine the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn. In 2012, she was selected by Sadie Nash Leadership Project to teach an academic course where she used Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s book, Random Family, to explore young womanhood and coming of age narratives from critical sociological and feminist perspectives. In previous years, Judy served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Full Service Community Schools Grant Competition and taught a free community-based ESL course to adult learners in the Bronx through the Institute for Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly. She is interested in the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and systems of power and domination as it relates to youth, women, immigrant and low-income communities as well as the ways in which critical, feminist and engaged pedagogies can be transformative forces in the lives of individuals and communities.
Courses Taught:
LSOC 2300A: Youth Mentoring in the City
Recent Publications:
Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations: Digital Curriculum for K-12 Educators, Brooklyn Historical Society (Forthcoming with Heather Miller, 2014)
Office Location:
65 West 11th Street, Rm 353B

Office Hours:
Fridays, 3-5pm or by appointment
Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5100 x2227


Research Interests:
  • Women of Color / Feminism / Womanism
  • Intersectional identities / Bi-racial & Multi-racial identities
  • Critical and engaged pedagogical approaches in undergraduate classrooms
  • Urban public education history, policy, reform and activism
  • Racial justice and issues pertaining to communities of color, particularly Black and Latino populations
  • Youth and young women’s development
  • Single motherhood in low-income communities
  • Academic civic engagement at small liberal arts colleges


Professional Affiliations:
American Sociological Association, Affiliate Member
Imagining America, Member
The College Board Forum Program Planning Committee, Member (2013-2015)
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
Panel Speaker, "Partnering for Impact: Innovative Collaborations for Effective Organizing" with Shana Agid and Laura Y. Liu. Urban Justice Center (CDP), Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Hester Street Collaborative (HSC), and The New School for Public Engagement Conference and Exhibition. June 4, 2013. New York, NY.

Post-Show Panel Speaker, "Dispatches from (A)mended America" with John McWhorter, Epic Theater Ensemble. 14th Street Y. November 16, 2012. New York, NY.

Presenter, “Politics of Hair” with Kenyada Jones. Connecting Women of Color Conference. University of Richmond. February 10, 2012. Richmond, VA.

Awards and Honors:
  • The New School Collaboratory with Shana Agid and Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani for “The Ship's First Shape was a Raft”, a project of the Working with People digital curriculum (2013)
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities - Bringing Theory to Practice Seminar Grant for “Re-Imagining Eugene Lang College's Civic & Activist Mission” (2012)
  • Provost Office Academic Events Fund Grant for "Universities, Prisons and Civic Engagement: Making Connections between Rhetoric and Reality" (2011)
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy Capacity Building Grant for the ENLACE Latino Collegiate Society (2008)


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