Marvin Lynn

Marvin Lynn, Ph.D

Dr. Marvin Lynn is Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend. He has served as Associate Dean for Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, Affiliate Faculty member in African American studies and Director of graduate and undergraduate elementary teacher preparation programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Assistant and Associate Professor of Minority & Urban Education—a graduate program he founded and coordinated at the University of Maryland at College Park. He also worked for several years as an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago and New York City.

As a scholar, Dr. Lynn is an internationally recognized expert on race and education. He has been invited to serve as a keynote presenter at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa and at the "Thinking Globally, Counseling Locally" Conference in Trinidad & Tobago. He is also frequently invited to share his expertise in the U.S. In 2013, he gave the Freeman Butts Lecture at the American Educational Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, MD. In the past year, he has shared his expertise at St. Cloud University in Minnesota, Ball State University in Indiana and elsewhere. He is the lead editor of the Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education published simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. with Routledge Press. He serves as an editorial board member of several journals, and has published more than two-dozen research articles and book chapters in reputable outlets.

In addition to his longstanding work as an educator and leader in a variety of educational contexts, Dr. Lynn has established successful education and arts organizations including the Critical Race Studies in Education Association which recently sponsored it’s 8th Annual Critical Race Theory in Education conference at Vanderbilt University and the ever-popular South Shore Opera Company of Chicago established in partnership with the Chicago Park District in 2008.

Dr. Lynn earned his Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Education with a concentration on race and ethnic studies in education from the University of California at Los Angeles, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on Urban Education from Teachers College-Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in music and language arts from DePaul University in Chicago. He is proud father to three boys and enjoys singing in a variety of styles. For more information, he can be reached at