Stanton Wortham
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Higher Ed, P-12

  • Hispanic students

Stanton Wortham is an expert on how people’s identities develop as they interact with those around them. In a long-term study, he is following the identity development of Mexican immigrant students as they move to communities without a history of a Latino presence. He has also examined the covert ways that what people say – even seemingly innocuous conversations in classrooms, in the media, and in their own personal narratives – influences their social positioning. To inform his work, Wortham draws on the fields of anthropology, education, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. He is associate dean and Judy and Howard Berkowitz professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. At Penn, he also serves as associated faculty in the Annenberg School for Communication. He has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a distinguished fellow by the W.T. Grant Foundation.