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Cheryl E. Matias, PhD

Research Interests:
Critical Race Theory
Critical Whiteness Studies
teacher education
Race & racism
Selected Publications:


2021                Matias, C. E. (Ed). (2021). The Handbook for Critical Theoretical Research Methods in

Education. New York, NY: Routledge.


2020                 Matias, C. E. (Ed). (2020). Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for Deconstructing Race and Gender.

Lanham, MD: Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield.


2016                 Matias, C. E. (2016).  Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education. The Netherlands:                            Sense Publishers.




2021                Bonini, S. and Matias, C.E. (2021). The Impact of Whiteness on the Education of

Nurses. Journal of Professional Nursing. 37(3). 620-625.


He, M., Ngo, B., Bae-Dimitriadis, M., Matias, C. E., Sharma, S., Urrieta Jr., L.,

and Rodriguez, S. (2021). “Educating Hope, Radicalizing Imagination Politicizing Possibility

in Hard Times.” Educational Studies. 57(3), 203-210, DOI: 10.1080/00131946.2021.1893067


Matias, C. E., Hannegan-Martinez, S., & Vasquez Heilig, J. (2021). “Interrogating

Democracy, Education, and Modern White Supremacy: A (Re)Constitution toward Racially Just Democratic Teacher Education” Teachers College Record.


                        Matias, C. E., and Bitz, Shoshanna (2021). “Critical Race Parenting in Education” Oxford

Research Encyclopedia of Education.



2020                 Matias, C. E. (2020). “Do you SEE the Words Coming out of that Text?:

Seeing Whiteness in Digital Text” International Journal of Multicultural Education. X(X). DOI:


Reader, J., Jandrić, P., Peters, M.,  Barnett, R., Garbowski, M., Lipińska, V., Rider, S., Bhatt, I., Clarke, I., Hashemi, M., Bevan, A., Trozzo, E., MacKenzie, A., Aldern, J., Matias, C. E., Stewart, G.,Mika, C., McLaren, P., Fawns, T., Knox, J., Savin-Baden, M., Jackson, L., Hood, N., Tesar, M., Fuller, S., & Baker, C. (2020). “Enchantment - Disenchantment-Re-Enchantment: Postdigital Relationships between Science, Philosophy, and Religion.” Journal of Postdigital and Science Education.



2019                 Matias, C. E. (2019). Ripping Our Hearts: Three Counterstories on Terror, Threat, and Betrayal in U.S. Universities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.


Chow, CJ, Case, GA, & Matias, C. E. (2019) “Tools for discussing identity and

privilege among medical students, trainees, and faculty” MedEdPORTAL. 15(10864).


                        Liou, D. & Matias, C. E. (2019). "Affirming Immigrant Families' Educational                                             Expectations: Race-Conscious Transformative Leadership Breaking the Educational Racial                                    Contract.” SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education. Volume 4.


                        Matias, C. E. & Aldern, J. (2019). The (Un)Common White Sense: The Whiteness

                        Behind Digital Media. Journal of Postdigital Science and Education.


                        Matias, C. E., Walker, D. & del Hierro, M. (2019). Tales from the Ivory Tower:

Women of Color’s Resistance to Whiteness in Academia. Taboo: The Journal of Culture

and Education, 18(1), 34-58.



2018                 Matias, C. E. (2018). “Tell the Devil I’m Back: A Self-Reflection on the Radical Possibilities for Racial Justice?!” Taboo. 17(1). 10.31390/taboo.17.1.02


Matias, C. E. & Rucker, J. (2018). When Whiteness Creeps Back In: An Analytic Look

at Whiteness in Urban Education School Reform. Whiteness and Education. 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/23793406.2018.1528476.


Matias, C. E. (2018). Tell the Devil I’m Back: A Self-Reflection on the Radical Possibilities for Racial Justice. Taboo. 17(1). 4-14.…


Le, P. T. & Matias, C. E. (2018). Towards a truer multicultural science education: how whiteness impacts science education. Journal of Cultural Studies of Science Education. 1-17. DOI:


Matias, C. E., Nishi, N. & Sarcedo, G. (2018). “Whiteness and Teacher

Education” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Ed. Retrieved 28 Dec. 2018, from….


Walker, D., Matias, C. E. & Brandehoff, R (2018). “Smartmouth: The

Misconceptions of Black and Brown Girls Who Have Experienced Trauma” Bank Street Occasional Paper Series. (38). p 6.


Grossland, T. & Matias, C. E. (2018). “Fervent Fortitudes: Exploring Emotions and Racial Literacy As Antiracist Pedagogy.” Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 32(2). 72-83.



2017                 Cabrera, N., Matias, C. E., & Montoya, R. (2017). Activism or slacktivism?:

The Potential and pitfalls of social media in contemporary student activism. Journal of            Diversity in Higher Education.  10(4), 400-415.


Matias, C. E. & Newlove, P. (2017). The Illusion of Freedom: Theoretical

Examinations in the Epistemology, Rhetoric, and Emotionality of Whiteness. Equity,

Excellence, and Education. 50(3), 316-330.


Matias, C. E. & Newlove, P. (2017). “Better the devil you see than the one you don’t”:

Bearing Witness to Emboldened En/Whitening Epistemology in the Era of Trump. Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 30(10), 920-928.

Matias, C. E. (2017). “When Whiteness Attacks: How This Pinay Defends Racially Just Teacher Education,” Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice. 1(2), 119-135.


Matias, C. E., Henry, A. & Darland, C. (2017). The Twin Tale of Whiteness: Exploring the Emotional Roller Coaster of Teaching and Learning about Whiteness. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education. 16(1), 7-29.



2016                 Matias, C. E. (2016). “Mommy, is being brown bad?”: Critical Race Parenting

in a “Post-Race” Era. Journal of Race and Pedagogy. 1(3). Article 1.


Montoya, R., Matias, C. E., Nishi, N., Sarcedo, G. (2016).  Words are Wind: Using

DuBois and Bourdieu to ‘Unveil’ the Capricious Nature of Gifted and Talented Programs.    Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies14(1), 127-143.


Nishi, N. W., Matias, C. E., Montoya, R., & Sarcedo, G. L. (2016). Whiteness FAQ:            Responses and Tools for Confronting College Classroom Questions. Journal of Critical Thought       and Praxis5(1), Article 4.


Matias, C. E., & Mackey, J. (2016). Breakin’ Down Whiteness in Antiracist Teaching: Introducing Critical Whiteness Pedagogy. The Urban Review, 48(1), 1-19.


DePouw, C. & Matias, C. E. (2016). Critical Race Parenting: Understanding

Scholarship/Activism in Parenting Our Children. Journal of Educational Studies. 52(03), 237-



Matias, C. E., Montoya, R., & Nishi, N. W. (2016). Blocking CRT: How the Emotionality of Whiteness Blocks CRT in Urban Teacher Education. Educational Studies52(1), 1-19.


Matias, C. E. & Grosland, T. (2016). “Digitalstorytelling as Racial

Justice: Digital Hopes for Deconstructing Whiteness in Teacher Education” Journal of Teacher Education, 67(2), 152-164.


2015                 Nishi, N. Matias, C. E., & Montoya, R. (2015). “Exposing the White Avatar:

Projections, Justifications, and the Ever-Evolving American Racism.” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 21(5), 459-473.  


Montoya, R., Matias, C. E., & Nishi, N. (2015). “American Chimera: The Ever-

Present Domination Of Whiteness, Patriarchy, And Capitalism…A Parable.” Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48(9), 872-883.


Matias, C. E. (2015) “Why do you make me hate myself?” Love, Abuse, and Whiteness in Urban Teacher Education. Teaching Education. 27(2), 194-211.     


Sarcedo, G., Matias, C. E., Montoya, R. & Nishi, N. (2015). Dirty Dancing

with Race and Class: Microaggressions toward First-Generation and Low Income College Students of Color. Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs. 2(1), 1-17.


Matias, C. E. (2015). White Skin, Black Friend: A Fanonian application to theorize

racial fetish in teacher education. Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48(3), 221-236.



2014                 Matias, C. E. & Zembylas, M. (2014) “When saying you care is not really caring”:

Whiteness and the Role of Disgust. Journal of Critical Studies in Education. 55(3). 319-337. 


                        Matias, C. E. & Allen, R. L. (2014).  “Do You Feel Me?”  Amplifying Messages of

                        Love in Critical Race Theory. Journal of Educational Foundations. 29(1-4), 5-28.


Viesca, K. M., Matias, C. E., Garrison-Wade, D., Galindo, R., & Tandon, M. (2014).     Push it real good!”: The challenge of challenging dominant discourses regarding race in teacher education. Critical Studies in Education. 5(11), 1-24.


Matias, C. E. (2014). And our feelings, just don’t feel it anymore”:  Re-Feeling Whiteness, Resistance, and Emotionality. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege. 4(2). 134-153.


Matias, C. E., Mitchell, K., Wade-Garrison, D., Tandon, M & Galindo, R. (2014).  “What is Critical Whiteness doing in OUR Nice Field like Critical Race Theory?” Equity & Excellence. 47(3), 289-304.


Matias, C. E. & Liou, D. (2014). “Tending to the Heart of Communities of Color Towards Critical Race Teacher Activism” Urban Education, 50(5), 601-625.


Matias, C. E. & Allen, R. L. (2014) “Loving Whiteness to Death: Sadomasochism, Emotionality, and the Possibility of Humanizing Love” Berkeley Review of Education. 4(2), 285-309.



2013                 Matias, C. E. (2013). Check Yo’Self Before You Wreck Yo’Self and Our Kids: Culturally Responsive White Teachers? Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning. 3(2). 67-80. 


Matias, C. E. & DiAngelo, R. (2013). “Beyond the Face of Race: Emo-Cognitive Explorations of White Neurosis and Racial Cray-Cray” Educational Foundations. 27(3-4). 3-20.


Matias, C. E. (2013). “Tears Worth Telling: Urban Teaching and the Possibilities of Racial Justice” Multicultural Perspectives 15(4). 187-193. 


Matias, C. E. (2013). “On the Flip Side: Unveiling the Dangerous Minds of White Teacher Candidates” Teacher Education Quarterly. 40(2). 53-74.



2012                 Matias, C. E. (2012). Who you callin’ White? A Critical Counterstory of Colouring White Identity” Race, Ethnicity, and Education. 16(3), 291-315.


Matias, C. E. (2012). Beginning with Me: Accounting for a Researcher of Color’s Counterstories in Socially Just Qualitative Design” Journal of Critical Thought & Praxis. 1(1), 119-143.





2018                 Jupp, J. (2018) “Matias's Feeling White, Lensmire's White Folks, and Sleeter's The Inheritance: Critical Review Essay on Three Books and their Contributions to White Teacher Identity Studies,” Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, 12(2), p. 1-15.


2016                 Brandehoff, R. & Silverstein, L. (2016). “Book Review of Feeling White: Whiteness,

Emotionality, and Education.” Multicultural Perspectives, 18(4), p. 239-243.




2022                Matias, C. E. & Tintiangco-Cubales, A. (expected 2022). Motherscholar. In K.L. Nadal, A.

Tintiangco-Cubales, & E. J. R. David (Eds.) Sage encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies. Sage.


Matias, C. E. (expected 2022). Racialization of Filipina/x/o Americans. In K.L. Nadal, A.

Tintiangco-Cubales, & E. J. R. David (Eds.) Sage encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies. Sage.


2021                 Matias, C. E. and Bougher. C. (2021). “Towards a Critical Study of Whiteness” in S.

Proctor (Eds). Critical Theories for School-Based Practice: A Foundation for Equity and Inclusion in School Psychology and Counseling. New York, NY: Routledge.


Boucher, C. and Matias, C. E. (2021). “An Evolutionary Terror: A Critical Examination of

Emboldened Whiteness and Race Evasion” in S. Hunter and C. van der Westhuizen

Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness. New York: Routledge.



2020                 Matias, C. E. (2020). Whiteness and Emotionality. In Z. Casey (Ed).                                                          Encyclopedia of Critical Whiteness Studies in Education. Boston, MA: Brill Publishers


2019                 Matias, C. E. & Bougher, C. (2019). Deconstructing Whiteness in Racially Just Teachers. In                         M. A. Peters (Ed). Encyclopedia of Teacher Education.  Singapore: Springer Publishers.                                     DOI:


                        Matias, C. E., & Aldern, J. J. (2019). “I See Whiteness” In K. Han & J. Laughter                                                             (Eds).  Critical Race Theory in Teacher Education: Informing Classroom Culture and Practice, New                                  York, NY: Teachers College Press, p. 36.


                        Matias, C. E. (2019). Beyond White: The Emotional Complexion of Critical Research on                             Race. In K. Struck & L. Locke (Eds), Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in                                               Education (pp. 263-274). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.


2018                 Sarcedo, G. & Matias, C. E. (2018). “Forgive Them Father For They Know Not

What They Do....But What If They Do Know?!: The Impact of Whiteness on Girls of Color” in M. Sankofa Waters, V. Evans-Winters, & B. Love  (Eds), Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. NY: Peter Lang Publishers.


Matias, C. E. (2018). “Before Cultural Competence: Exploring the Latent and Overt Emotionalities of Whiteness” S. Poulsen, PhD & R. Allan (Eds.) Cross-Cultural Responsiveness & Systemic Therapy: Personal & Clinical Narratives. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Publishers. pp. 21-40.    


Sarcedo, G. L. & Matias, C. E. (2016). Academic advising and the maintenance of

whiteness in higher education. In P. R. Carr, V. Lea, & D. E. Lund (Eds.), Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness: Views from the Past and Present New York, NY: Peter Lang. pp. 293-300.


Matias, C. E. & Silverstein, L. (2017). “When Teaching Whiteness Threatens: Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Whiteness” B. Ahad-Legardy & O. Poon (Eds.), Difficult Subjects: Radical Teaching in the Neoliberal University. VA: Stylus Publishing. pp. 35-53.


2016                 Matias, C. E. (2016). “Shadowboxing Whiteness inside Teacher Education:

Critical Race Activism to the Race-Gender Degree.” In D. Taliaferro Baszile, N. Guillory, & K. Edwards (Eds.) Race, Gender, and Curriculum Theorizing: Working in Womanish Ways. New York, NY: Lexington Books. pp. 71-86.


Matias, C. E. (2016). White Tundra: Exploring the Emotionally Frozen Terrain of

Whiteness. In N. Hartlep & C. Hayes (Eds.), Unhooking from Whiteness: Resisting the Esprit de Corps).  The Netherlands, Sense Publishers. pp 89-100.


Matias, C. E. & Nishi, N. (2016). "Becky please!”: White Teachers and Their Issues

with Whiteness.  In C. Warren and S. Hancock (Eds.), White Women’s Work Charlotte, NC: Information Age. pp. 107-122.


2015                 Matias, C. E. & Montoya, R. (2015).  “When Michael’s Death Means Our Own Children’s Death: Critical Race Parenting During a Time of Racial Extermination” in K. Fasching-Varner & N. Hartlep (Eds.) The Assault on Communities of Color: Exploring the Realities of Race-Based Violence. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 79-84.


Matias, C. E. (2015).  “I Ain’t Your Doc Student”: The Overwhelming Presence of Whiteness and Pain at the Academic Neo-Plantation. In K. Varner, Albert, R. Mitchell, & C. Allen (Eds.), Racial Battle Fatigue in the Academy. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 59-68.


Matias, C. E. (2015).  “To Lumpia or to Not”.  In J. Landsman, R. Salcedo, & P. Gorski (Ed.), Voices for Diversity and Social Justice: Literary Education Anthology. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 83-86. 


2013                 Leonardo, Z. and Matias, C. E. (2013). “Between Colonial and Postcolonial Mentality: The Critical Education of Filipino Americans”. In R. Bonus & D. Maramba (Eds.), The Other Students: Filipino Americans, Education and Power. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. pp. 3-18.