Bettina L. Love
Bettina L. Love
|Occupation||Professor, author, educator|
Bettina L. Love is the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Education at the University of Georgia, where she has been instrumental and a pioneer in establishing Abolitionist Teaching and schools. According to Love, Abolitionist Teaching refers to restoring humanity for children in schools. Love also advocates eliminating the billion dollar industry of standardized testing.
Early life and education
Love was born in Rochester, NY. Love graduated with a B.S. in Liberal Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. She obtained her M.Ed. in Elementary Education also from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University in 2008.
Her academic positions include teaching at Northern Kentucky University from 2009–2011. From 2011–2015, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Since 2015, she has been an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Georgia. Her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm black and brown children. In 2020, Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN) to develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, Love was also named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council.
In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. For her work in the field of Hip Hop education, in 2016, Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. In April 2017, Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on liberatory education. In 2018, the Georgia House of Representatives presented Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, Ed Week, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
She is the author of the books We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.
Awards and honors
- 2016 Nasir Jones Fellowship at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins
- Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University
- 2018 Georgia House of Representatives Resolution
- 2018 University of Pittsburgh Visiting Scholar
- 2018 University of Houston-Downtown Scholar-in-Residence
- 2018 40 under 40 Georgia State University Alumni Award
- 2019 Rhodes College Scholar-in-Residence
- Hip hop, grit, and academic success at TEDxUGA 
- We Want to Do More Than Survive. University of Georgia Professor Bettina Love talks about her book, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, in which she shares her thoughts on how educators, parents, and community leaders can advocate for “education freedom” for students through civic engagement and activism.
- Hip Hop's Li'l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. (Peter Lang, 2012).
- We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. (Beacon Press, 2019).
- “‘I See Trayvon Martin’: What Teachers Can Learn from the Tragic Death of a Young Black Male.” The Urban Review, vol. 46, no. 2, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2013, pp. 292–306, doi:10.1007/s11256-013-0260-7.
- “Urban Storytelling: How Storyboarding, Moviemaking, and Hip-Hop-Based Education Can Promote Students’ Critical Voice.” The English Journal, High school edition, vol. 103, no. 5, National Council of Teachers of English, May 2014, pp. 53–58.
- “A Ratchet Lens: Black Queer Youth, Agency, Hip Hop, and the Black Ratchet Imagination.” Educational Researcher, vol. 46, no. 9, SAGE Publications, Dec. 2017, pp. 539–47, doi:10.3102/0013189X17736520.
- "Dear White Teachers: You Can't Love Your Black Students If You Don't Know Them". Education Week, March 18, 2019.
- "About – Bettina Love".
- "College of Education Global". coe.uga.edu.
- "Abolitionist Teaching in Action: Q&A with Bettina L. Love". www.ascd.org.
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- "Video". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
- "[We Want to Do More Than Survive] | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org.
- Love, B. (2019). We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0-8070-6915-8. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
- Love, Bettina L. (March 20, 2019). "Dear White Teachers: You Can't Love Your Black Students If You Don't Know Them - Education Week" – via Education Week.