tanya brown merriman

Tanya Brown Merriman is a Chicago born educator and writer.  Central to her work is exploring the use of different disciplines such as art, linguistics, history and technology to solve the pressing concerns of social and educational inequity.   Tanya has taught in public, parochial and charter schools; she has taught nearly every grade level from Pre-K to doctoral students; and she has served as an administrator and designer of new schools, and curricular programs.  She is a professor at University of Southern California, where her classes on social context, pedagogy, teaching English Language Arts, teaching History, and teaching linguistics. These classes and her work with pre-service teachers and with international students together with her extensive work in museums give her a panoramic, practiced view of education and the issues that impact our work.

Tanya is the author of Those Who Can: A Handbook for Teaching and Social Reconstruction.  She has contributed chapters on art, popular culture, activism and critical pedagogy.  Her writing is featured on We Are Teachers and YourTango websites.  Her upcoming projects include a book that explores the Pedagogy of Sesame Street, a book that explores the finding common ground in a politically divided nation and COURSE™, a multimedia curriculum that supports intentional cultural competence for schools and families.

Tanya lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two children.





Teaching with Technology
TESOL Lesson Design
TESOL Unit Plan Design
Critical Reflection and Teaching
Human Difference
Curriculum & Pedagogy in Urban Schools
 Curriculum and Pedagogy for Secondary Social Science Candidates
 Framing the Social Context of High Needs Schools
 Understanding the Social Context for Urban Schools I
 Understanding the Social Context for Urban Schools II
 CLAD/CTEL Portfolio
 Culture and Inclusion
 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Pedagogy A
 Teaching English from a Comparative and International Perspective
 Teaching in the Museum
 Doing Democracy
 Writing Thesis
 Writing Thesis II
 Elementary Curriculum
 American Art



Whitney Plantation

Santa Monica Arts Commission

Art Institute of Chicago

Urban Prep High Schools

Chicago School of Fine and Performing Arts

Multicultural Arts School

Little Homie Publications

Snow City Arts

Smithsonian Museums

Brilliance Academy

UCLA Extension

Chicago Archdiocese

Terra Foundation of Art and Design

Betty Rhymer Gallery SAIC

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Romare Bearden Foundation

Paradigm Productions

Depaul University Center for Urban Education






30 Young Activists Under 30

SAGE Handbook for Critical Pedagogy

Creative Careers

Critical Thinking and Learning: An Encyclopedia for Parents and Teachers

The Problematic Tyler Perry

Those Who Can

Your Tango

We Are Teachers




Doctorate of Education 2008
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Emphasis: Curriculum Studies

Master of Arts in Teaching 2000
Columbia College, Chicago
Emphasis: High School English

Bachelor of Arts 1997
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Major: English
Minor: Art History