- Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1997
- M.Ed., Winthrop University, 1992
- B.A., Winthrop College, 1987
Derrick P. Alridge is Professor of History of Education in the Social Foundations of Education program at the University of Virginia. His primary areas of scholarship are African American educational and intellectual history and the civil rights movement. He is the author of The Educational Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History and co-editor (with James B. Stewart and V.P. Franklin) of Message in the Music: Hip Hop, History, and Pedagogy. Alridge’s scholarship has appeared in History of Education Quarterly, The Journal of African American History, The Journal of Negro Education, Teachers College Record, Educational Researcher, and numerous other scholarly journals and volumes. Alridge is also a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former postdoctoral fellow of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.
Alridge currently serves as program coordinator for Social Foundations in the Curry School of Education at UVA. He is also co-director of The Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies, an oral history and documentary film project at the University of Georgia, where he was previously director of the Institute for African American Studies. Alridge serves as an associate editor for The Journal of African American History, a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and senior editor for the American Journal of Education. Currently, Alridge is writing The Hip Hop Mind: An Intellectual History of the Social Consciousness of a Generation (under contract with the University of Wisconsin Press) and conducting research on the role of education and schooling in the civil rights movement.