Andre Branch

Andre Branch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Teacher Education

San Diego

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Dr. André J. Branch grew up in the Bronx of New York City. He earned the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the M.Ed. at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Branch is presently a teacher educator in the School of Teacher Education where he has enjoyed teaching doctoral students and preparing pre-service teachers for public school teaching for twenty-three years. Through his investigations of classroom teachers facilitating students’ ethnic identity development through subject matter curricula, he has created a model of Ethnic Identity Development in Education. Journals in which his recent publications have appeared include Profesorado; Teaching and Teacher Education; and the Journal of African American Males in Education. He is particularly interested in the intersections of culture and education and ethnic identity development in classroom teaching. Branch is the Co-Founder and Director of the International Research Network of Ethnic Identity Pedagogy. The network advances the discipline of ethnic identity development in education while focusing on the creation of pedagogies that support the healthy ethnic identity development of youth of color and immigrant youth. He serves on the California State University Center for Transformational Education Preparation Programs and is a Diversity Toolkit Advisor for the CSU. Having received numerous awards and honors, Branch is President Emeritus of the NAACP San Diego Branch and founder and director of S.W.A.G. (Students With Academic Goals), a middle school career breakfast mentoring program, and the SDSU GOLD (Guatemala Opportunities in Learning Across Distances) Study Abroad Program. Before joining the faculty at San Diego State University, Branch served as a university administrator and faculty member at Long Island University, the Brooklyn Campus. While in private practice, Branch served as Principal of Cultural Diversity Associates, a consulting firm that provided workshops and professional development to employees in the public and private sectors. Branch has also been a classroom teacher in the United States and in Nigeria, West Africa.