- Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1997
- M.Ed., Winthrop University, 1992
- B.A., Winthrop College, 1987
Derrick P. Alridge, an educational and intellectual historian, is Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He also serves as Program Coordinator for Social Foundations. His research interests include the history of African American education, African American social and educational thought, and the civil rights movement. Before coming to UVa, Alridge served as Professor of Education and African American Studies, Director of the Institute for African American Studies, and Co-Director of the Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies (an oral history and documentary film project) at the University of Georgia. He has published The Educational Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History, Message in the Music: Hip Hop, History, and Pedagogy (an edited volume with James B. Stewart and V.P. Franklin), and numerous articles in the fields of education, history, and African American Studies. Alridge also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of African American History and is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Currently, he 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. At Curry, Alridge teaches courses in the fields of social foundations and the history of American and African American education.