Irma McClaurin, PhD



McClaurin's column, "A Black Mother Weeps for America: STOP KILLING OUR BLACK SONS, earned Insight News of Minneapolis the 1st Place, Emory O. Jackson National Column Award at the 2015 Annual Convention of the NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers) Black Press. The award is named after Emory O. Jackson, a Civil Rights activist and editor of the Birmingham News from 1941-1975.

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“My pathway from a creative writing literary background to administrator and public anthropologist is a non sequitur. I am a strong example of how it is possible to translate the liberal arts into practical realities.”   ~Irma McClaurin


Music throughout this site provided courtesy of beatmaster, Antonio "Elevation" Allen

 McClaurin featured in film on Education Reform and 1968 Yale Summer High School Program.  View press release.
Read the poem
about her Yale Summer High School experience. Read article.


McClaurin delivers the 2013 MLK keynote for the Scanner Foundation on Technology and Inequality.  View the video.

Read the speech-" Technology: The New Frontier of Inequality or the New American Promise?"

McClaurin on KBOO Portland.mp3

Hear Dr. McClaurin speak with Portland's KBOO's Don Merrill on the world of academia, literature, philanthropy and anthropology.  Click here for the full one hour interview.

Irma McClaurin is a woman of many talents: activist anthropologist, administrator, consultant, leader, mentor, professor, and writer.  She has provided leadership, mentored, made grants, and written poetry, creative non-fiction, and policies, all  informed by social justice.  She holds both the MA (’89) and PhD (’93) in anthropology and also the MFA (’76) in English all from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Full Bio                              

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Diversity Matters  

October, 2014, Dr. McClaurin isappointed Chief Diversity Officer at Teach For America

Umn Uroc  In 2013, four years after Dr. McClaurin founded it,  her visionary  legacy of Community Engagement at the University of Minnesota's first Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) lives on.  Watch the video:

Panel on Black Feminist Anthropolog(ies), November 23, 2013, Annual Meeting of the Association of Anthropology, Chicago.  Read more

Panelists: Dr. Irma McClaurin, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Dr. Bianca Williams, Corliss D. Heath (PhD student), and Dr. Rachel Watkins. Missing: Dr. Riché Barnes-organizer and Dr. Kimberly E. Simmons