Barry Goldenberg

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Lecturer, Education
School of Education
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2019, History and Education
M.A., Columbia University, 2013, History and Education
B.A., UCLA, 2011, History
Phone: (949)824-5118
University of California, Irvine
3200 Education
Mail Code: 5500
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
multicultural education, history of urban education, culturally relevant pedagogy, community schools, educational equity
Research Abstract
My current research explores the history of Harlem Preparatory School, an independent community school that existed in Central Harlem (NY) from 1967 to 1974 that educated students who had been pushed out of the public school system. Held in a repurposed old supermarket with blackboards as developed and staffed by diverse group of largely non-credentialed teachers, the school graduated — sent to college — over 750 students during its independent tenure. Through the eyes of its students, staff, and administrators, I humbly seek to help tell the story of Harlem Prep, analyzing the school’s multiculturalism in the context of the other alternative Black institutions emerging during the era. This research adds to nascent scholarship of the era in terms of different strands of the black freedom struggle in education and the role that multiculturalism played. This work further aims to help scholars and educators re-imagine what powerful teaching and learning looks like through a multicultural perspective. For more information, please visit the Harlem Prep Project ( as well as my forthcoming book entitled "Strength Through Diversity: Harlem Prep and the Rise of Multiculturalism" under advance contract with Rutgers University Press.

Past research includes studies centered on "teaching and learning" processes, most notably innovative approaches to teaching history to marginalized students. Please see my publications about the Youth Historians in Harlem (YHH) project, an after-school program that I founded and directed that focused on empowering youth through their own cultural experiences and involving students in the practice of "doing" history through participatory action research.
Awards and Honors
Lecturer of the Year, University of California, Irvine, 2022
Achievement for Distinguished Teaching and Student Learning, El Camino College, 2021
Harlem Spotlight Award (for contributions to Harlem), Sound Business, Inc., 2021
EOPS “Outstanding” Instructor Nominee, El Camino College, 2019, 2020
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2019-2021
Provost Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2019
NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Semifinalist, 2018
Provost’s Grant for Professional Development, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017-2018
William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award, University of Texas, 2015-2016
Vice President’s Grant for Diversity & Community Initiatives, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013-2014
ING Unsung Heroes Award Recipient (with Andrew Wintner), 2013-2014
Teachers College Doctoral Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013-2016
Institute for Urban and Minority Education Research Fellowship, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013-2019
Dean’s Grant for Student Research, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2012-2013
Carey McWilliams Award Winner (First-Place), Department of History, UCLA, 2011
Short Biography
A proud first-generation scholar, I am currently a Lecturer of Education Sciences at the University of California, Irvine and Research Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. I care deeply about my students' success and helping them reach their dreams here at UCI. For more information, please visit my full website at
Books and Monographs

Goldenberg, B.M. Strength through Diversity: Harlem Prep and the Rise of Multiculturalism. Under advance contract with Rutgers University Press.

Goldenberg, B.M. Generations of Giving: The History of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation. New York: Teachers College Press, 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Goldenberg, B.M. “Rethinking Public History and Community Practice: Learning Together With Youth Historians.” Rethinking History 23, no. 1 (2019): 52-77. [Selected as featured article for National Humanities Alliance/Routledge scholarship collection]

Goldenberg, B.M. “Youth Historians in Harlem: An After-School Blueprint for History Engagement Through the Historical Process.” The Social Studies 107, no. 4 (2016): 47-67.

Goldenberg, B.M., Winter, A., & Berg, C. “Middle School Harlem Historians: Motivating Urban Students Through Community-Based History.” Voices from the Middle 23, no. 1 (2015): 73-79.

Goldenberg, B.M. “Youth Historians in Harlem: Exploring the Possibilities in Collaborative History Research Between Youth and Scholars.” Education’s Histories 2, no. 1 (2015): 1-17.

Goldenberg, B.M. “White Teachers in Urban Classrooms: Embracing Non-White Students’ Cultural Capital for Better Teaching and Learning.” Urban Education 49, no. 1 (2014): 111-144. [Cited over 275 times and Top 5% of all research tracked by Altmetric]

Book Chapters

Goldenberg, B.M. “‘A Living, Breathing Curriculum’: Harlem Prep and the Power of Cultural Relevance, 1967-1974,” in New Perspectives on the Twentieth Century American High School, edited by Kyle P. Steele. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

Goldenberg, B.M. “‘There’s A Lot To Know, And We’ll Learn It Together’: Emancipatory Teaching and Learning at Harlem Preparatory School, 1967-1974,” in Rearticulating Education and Social Change Across American History: Teacher Agency and Resistance from the Late 19th Century to the Present, edited by Jennifer de Saxe and Tina Gourd. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Other Publications and Essays

Goldenberg, B.M., & Tell, D. “Capturing the Process of Public Humanities Scholarship,” as part of the Model Practices Working Group collaboration with the National Humanities Alliance. Co-authored white paper published through Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, January 2021.

Goldenberg, B.M. & Tell, D. “Appreciating the Messy Process of the Public Humanities,” Feeding the Elephant Forum, February 25, 2021,

Goldenberg, B.M. The Unknown Architects of Civil Rights: Thaddeus Stevens, Ulysses S. Grant and Charles Sumner. Los Angeles: Critical Minds Press, 2011/2017. [self-published, available in university libraries]

Goldenberg, B.M. “The Story of Harlem Prep: Cultivating a Community School in New York City,” The Gotham Center for New York History, August 2, 2016,

Goldenberg, B.M. “Talking Inclusion? Include Our Students,” TC Today Magazine 38, no. 3 (2014): 64.
Research Centers
Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), Teachers College, Columbia University
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