Personal Bio


Christine Sleeter

Christine Sleeter

Christine E. Sleeter is an author, speaker, teacher, and activist who uses creative work to spark insight about respect for the diverse people who share space in classrooms, schools, and communities, and to prompt action for equity and justice. Her current memberships in various organizations reflect this blend: American Educational Research Association, National Association for Multicultural Education, Monterey Peninsula branch of the NAACP, the Central Coast Writers branch of the California Writers Club, and the International Association for Intercultural Education.

Her experiences as a high school teacher in Seattle during desegregation of the 1970s prompted her interest in urban youth and multicultural education, and the beginnings of her awareness of social injustices. During the 1970s, she played with these themes in oil paintings, such as the image below.

Oil Painting by Christine Sleeter

Photo of Oil Painting by C. Sleeter

Since the early 1980s, as a university teacher educator and scholar, she has published over 140 articles and 20 books about racial and ethnic diversity, racism, and intersections among race, class, gender, and disability in education. Much of her work focuses on teachers as they grapple with improving their ability to reach and teach their diverse students. Her e-book Culture, Difference and Power creatively blended visual arts, music, videos, and interactivity with academic scholarship; thousands of copies sold until Apple’s shift from OS9 to OSX rendered the e-book (available on a CD) impossible to play on a Mac. 😥 

Christine has developed several conceptual frameworks and tools to guide educators, such as the one in her best-selling book Un-Standardizing Curriculum for designing multicultural curriculum. She has also produced research and research reviews that have helped in advocacy for racial justice in education, particularly ethnic studies. Because of this work, Christine is a sought-after speaker in the U.S. and globally; she has recently worked in countries as different from each other as Norway, Chile, Spain, New Zealand, and South Korea.

She came to California as a founding faculty member of California State University Monterey Bay. There, she deepened the artistry of her teaching, which she conceives as a creative orchestration of students, ideas, and support that enables accomplishments beyond what students believed they could do. 

Number 1 Ladies Book Grouop

Number 1 Ladies Book Group

Now retired from the university, she has published her first novel, White Bread and is starting on a second one. White Bread plays with what she has learned about multicultural teaching, ethnic studies, and common reactions to these issues, exploring the journey of a white teacher in a school in which about half of the students are of Mexican descent, as she looks into her own identity using tools of Critical Family History which are developed here in her Blog.

When not working, she enjoys reading fiction (she co-founded the Number One Ladies — and Gentlemen’s — Book Group in Monterey), attending theater performances, hiking in public parks, doing pilates, studying Spanish, knitting,

Joe, Christie, Jacob and Elaina

and spending time with friends. She and her partner Joe can often be found visiting their grandson and granddaughter in Milwaukee.


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