Greg Dimitriadis

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dean's Office

Educational Leadership and Policy

 470 Baldy Hall
 (716) 645-1090
  (716) 645-2481
 gjd3@buffalo.edu


Qualitative Methods
Urban Education
Educational Policy
Popular Culture
Sociological Bases of Education
Qualitative Research Methods
Sociology of School Knowledge

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
  • M.A., American Studies, University at Buffalo, 1995
  • M.A., English, University at Buffalo, 1994
  • B.A., Economics and English, Boston College, 1991

Professional and Research Interests

Greg Dimitriadis is interested in new ways of thinking about urban education and the policies which serve urban youth. More specifically, he is interested in the potential value and importance of non-traditional educational curricula (e.g., popular culture), programs (e.g., arts-based initiatives), and institutions (e.g., community centers) in the lives of disenfranchised young people. His most recent work has dealt with the contemporary complexities of qualitative inquiry, including its history and philosophical and theoretical underpinnings, as well as the ways “theory” generated outside of the field of education can be brought to bear on the questions and concerns facing educational researchers and practitioners today. His work has appeared in numerous books as well as journals including Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Cultural Studies / Critical Methodologies, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Educational Theory, Journal of Education Policy, Popular Music, Qualitative Inquiry, Teachers College Record, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Theory and Research in Social Education.

Dimitriadis is the author of Performing Identity/Performing Culture: Hip Hop as Text, Pedagogy, and Lived Practice (Peter Lang), Friendship, Cliques, and Gangs: Young Black Men Coming of Age in Urban America (Teachers College Press, Columbia University), and Studying Urban Youth Culture (Peter Lang). He is co-author of Reading and Teaching the Postcolonial: From Baldwin to Basquiat and Beyond (Teachers College Press, Columbia University), On Qualitative Inquiry (Teachers College Press, Columbia University), and Theory for Education (Routledge).

Dimitriadis is co-editor of Promises to Keep: Cultural Studies, Democratic Education, and Public Life (Routledge), Learning to Labor in New Times (Routledge), Race, Identity, and Representation in Education (Second Edition) (Routledge), and Ideology, Curriculum, and the New Sociology of Education (Routledge).

A newly revised and updated, second edition of his first book Performing Identity/Performing Culture: Hip Hop as Text, Pedagogy, and Lived Practice (Peter Lang) was published in 2009.

Dimitriadis's Critical Dispositions: Evidence and Expertise in Education was published in 2012 by Routledge. This book was awarded a Division B Outstanding Book Award, AERA, 2013.

Co-authored with George Kamberelis, his book Focus Groups: From Group Interviews to Collective Conversations was published in 2013 by Routledge.

Dimitriadis is currently working on an authored book, Decentering the Global: Education After the Postcolonial, to be published by Routledge.

Dimitriadis edits the book series Critical Youth Studies and co-edits the series Key Ideas and Education, both published by Routledge. He also served two three-year terms on the SUNY Press editorial board. He is currently serving a third term.

In addition to his work in UB’s Graduate School of Education, Dimitriadis has served on doctoral committees in departments across the university, including in American Studies, Anthropology, Communications, English, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. He has also served on doctoral committees at Cambridge University, The CUNY Graduate Center, York University, The University of Alberta, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and The University of Pennsylvania.

Dimitriadis has held visiting appointments at York University, The CUNY Graduate Center, Cardiff University, and Monash University.

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2014

Articles

Dimitriadis, G. (in press). Framing hip hop: New methodologies for new times. Urban Education.

Bae, M., & Dimitriadis, G. (in press). Travelling home(s): Contemporary Korean Art After the Postcolonial. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

Book Chapters

Dimitriadis, G. (2014). Resistance: The anatomy of an idea. In Tuck, E., & Wayne, K.
Eds. Youth resistance and theories of change (pp. 29-45). New York: Routledge.

Dimitriadis, G., & DeSenso, J. (2014). Gaming the system: Ice-T as neoliberal hustler and
entrepreneurial philanthropist In J. Metcalf., & W. Turner. Eds. Rapper, writer, pop-cultural player: Ice-T and the politics of black cultural production (pp. 179-200). London: Ashgate Press.

2013

Books

Kamberelis, G., & Dimitriadis, G. (2013). Focus groups: From structured interviews to collective conversations. New York: Routledge

2011-2012

Books

Dimitriadis, G. (2012). Critical dispositions: Evidence and expertise in education. New York: Routledge. (Division B Outstanding Book Award, AERA, 2013)

Articles

Dimitriadis, G. (2011). Studying resistance: A cautionary note. Qualitative Studies in Education, 24(5), 647-652

Dimitriadis, G. (2011). Urban youth: Emergent directions in the field. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32(3), 491-498.

Book Chapters

Kamberelis, G., & Dimitriadis, G. (2011). Focus groups: Contingent articulations of pedagogy, politics, and inquiry. In N. Denzin & Y. Lincoln (Eds.), The handbook of qualitative research (4th ed.) (pp. 545-561). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

2010

Articles

Fetene, G., & Dimitriadis, G. (2010). Globalization, public policy, and the "knowledge gap.": Ethiopian youth and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Journal of Education Policy, 25(4), 425-441.

2009

Books

Dimitriadis, G. (2009). Performing identity/performing culture: Hip hop as text, pedagogy, and lived practice (2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded). New York: Peter Lang.

Articles

Dimitriadis, G. (2009). Jean-Paul Sartre and the moral authority of the intellectual. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 9(1), 3-13.

Dimitriadis, G. (with E. Cole and A. Costello). (2009). The social field(s) of arts education today: Living vulnerability in neoliberal times. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 30(4), 361-379.

2008

Books

Dimitriadis, G. (2008). Studying urban youth culture. New York: Peter Lang.

Articles

Weis, L., & Dimitriadis, G. (2008). Dueling banjos: Shifting economic and cultural contexts in the lives of youth. Teachers College Record, 110(10), 2290-2316.

Dimitriadis, G. (2008). Revisiting the question of evidence. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 8(1), 3-14.

Dimitriadis, G. (2008). Globalization: 1996-2006 (Review essay, A. Appadurai’s Modernity at large and Fear of small numbers). Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 29(1), 135-138.

2007

Articles

Dimitriadis, G. (2007). Commentary on James Banks’s Race, culture, and education: The selected works of James A. Banks (In Review Symposium section). British Journal of Sociology of Education, 28(2), 259-263.

2006

Books

Dimitriadis, G., & Kamberelis, G. (with W. Deal and T. Beal) (2006). Theory for education. New York: Routledge.

Weis, L., McCarthy, C., & Dimitriadis, G. (with M. Apple). Eds. (2006). Ideology, curriculum, and the new sociology of education (foreword by Geoff Whitty). New York: Routledge.

Articles

Dimitriadis, G. (2006). The situation complex: Revisiting Frederic Thrasher’s The Gang: A study of 1,313 gangs in Chicago. Cultural Studies / Critical Methodologies, 6(3), 335-353.

Dimitriadis, G. (2006). On the production of expert knowledge: Revisiting Edward Said’s work on the intellectual. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 27(3), 369-382

2005

Books

Kamberelis, G., & Dimitriadis, G. (2005). On qualitative inquiry. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

McCarthy, C., Crichlow, W., Dimitriadis, G., & Dolby, N. Eds. (2005). Race, identity, and representation in education (2nd edition). New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Dimitriadis, G. (2005). “Pedagogy on the move”: New intersections in(between) the performative and the educative. In S. Madison & J. Hamera. (Eds.). Handbook of performance studies (pp. 296-308). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Kamberelis, G. & Dimitriadis, G. (2005). Focus groups: Strategic articulations of pedagogy, politics, and inquiry. In N. Denzin & Y. Lincoln. (Eds.). Handbook of qualitative research (3rd Edition) (pp. 875-895). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

2004

Books

Dolby, N., & Dimitriadis, G. (with P. Willis). Eds. (2004). Learning to labor in new times (foreword by Stanley Aronowitz). New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Dimitriadis, G. (2004). Hip hop and critical pedagogy. In S. Steinberg & J. Kincheloe. (Eds.). Kinderculture: The corporate construction of childhood (2nd edition) (pp. 284-300). Boulder, Co: Westview.

2003

Books

Dimitriadis, G. (2003). Friendship, cliques, and gangs: Young black men coming of age in urban America. New York: Teachers College Press.

Dimitriadis, G., & Carlson, D. Eds. (2003). Promises to keep: Cultural studies, democratic education, and public life (including co-authored introduction). New York: RoutledgeFalmer.

2002

Articles

Dimitriadis, G. (2002). “Making a dollar out of fifteen cents”: Pedagogies of racial affiliation in black popular culture. JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 19(2), 99-107.

Dimitriadis, G. (2002). Some thoughts on recovery. Cultural Studies / Critical Methodologies, 2(1), 18-19. (Part of symposium on the events of September 11th).

Dimitriadis, G., & McCarthy, C. (2002). Urban Renewal: Gordon Bennett’s Notes to Basquiat (911). Exhibition Catalogue: Notes to Basquiat (911), n.p. Adelaide, Australia: Greenaway Art Gallery.

2001

Books

Dimitriadis, G. (2001). Performing identity/performing culture: Hip hop as text, pedagogy, and lived practice. New York: Peter Lang.

Dimitriadis, G., & McCarthy, C. (2001). Reading and teaching the postcolonial: From Baldwin to Basquiat and beyond (foreword by Maxine Greene). New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

Articles

Dimitriadis, G. (2001). Border identities, transformed lives, and danger zones: The mediation of validated selves, local social networks, and successful paths in Community Based Organizations. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 22(3), 361-374.

Dimitriadis, G. (2001). Coming clean at the hyphen: Ethics and dialogue at a local community center. Qualitative Inquiry, 7(5) , 578-597.

Dimitriadis, G. (2001). ""In the clique"": Popular culture, constructions of place, and the everyday lives of urban youth. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 32(1): 29-51.

Dimitriadis, G. (2001). Pedagogy and performance in black popular culture. Cultural Studies / Critical Methodologies, 1(1), 24-35.

2000

Articles

McCarthy, C., & Dimitriadis, G. (2000). Art and the postcolonial imagination: Rethinking the institutionalization of third world aesthetics and theory. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 31(1/2), 231-254.

McCarthy, C., & Dimitriadis, G. (2000). Globalizing pedagogies: Power, resentment, and the re-narration of difference. World Studies in Education, 1(1), 23-39.

McCarthy, C., & Dimitriadis, G. (2000). Governmentality and the sociology of Education: Media, educational policy, and the politics of resentment. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 21(2), 169-186.

Dimitriadis, G. (2000). ""Making history go"" at a local community center: Popular media and the construction of historical knowledge among African American youth. Theory & Research in Social Education, 28(1), 38-62.

Dimitriadis, G., & McCarthy, C. (2000). Stranger in the village: James Baldwin, popular culture, and the ties that bind. Qualitative Inquiry, 6(2), 171-187.

1999

Articles

Dimitriadis, G. (1999). Hip hop to rap: Some implications of an historically situated approach to performance. Text and Performance Quarterly, 19(4),
355-369.

Dimitriadis, G., & McCarthy, C. (1999). Violence in theory and practice: Popular culture, schooling, and the boundaries of pedagogy. Educational Theory, 49(1), 125-138.