Elizabeth Bishop

Adjunct Faculty, Youth Studies

Elizabeth Bishop
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Areas of Expertise
  • Program Evaluation
  • Adolescent Education
  • Critical Youth Studies
  • Youth Activism

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop is an educator, researcher and youth advocate with two decades of experience in UPK-12 schools, higher education institutions, and community-based organizations across the United States. Dr. Bishop teaches on the faculty of youth studies at CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) and the faculty of urban education at CUNY Graduate Center. She is Co-Founder of Global Turning Points, an international consulting collective. Bishop has held leadership positions at the City University of New York and the NYC Department of Education as well as community-based organizations.

Dr. Bishop holds a PhD in education: language, literacy and culture, an MST. in adolescent education, an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies, and a BA in planned studies. She is completing the Global Leadership Diploma from the Center for Executive Education at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has been featured in Good Morning America Digital, PBS NewsHour, Business Insider and PolitiFact.

Bishop's writing includes her 2015 Becoming Activist: Critical Literacy and Youth Organizing and 2018 Embodying Theory: Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance which she created with artist Tamsen Wojtanowski. She has two new books expected out in 2022 and 2023.

Academic Programs

Graduate Program

Youth Studies 

Advanced Certificate Program

Youth Studies 

Recent News

Excellence in Youth Studies Teaching Award

May 23, 2022

CUNY SPS Youth Studies Program

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, an adjunct faculty member in the Youth Studies program, has been awarded the inaugural CUNY SPS Excellence in Youth Studies Teaching Award. She received this honor for effectively synthesizing theory, source material, and personal experience in her teaching, and for prioritizing student growth and process.

Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education

November 23, 2021

Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education

Two members of the CUNY SPS Youth Studies program, adjunct lecturer Dr. Elizabeth Bishop and academic program coordinator Chanira Rojas, have published articles in Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education, an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal hosted by Urban Education @ The CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Bishop offers an introduction to the issue with her essay "(Beyond) Breaking Points: Reclaiming Our Lives in Our City." Rojas' article "All Hands on Deck: Youth Worker Burnout and Resilience during COVID-19" shares the firsthand accounts of youth development professionals on the front lines.

Bernie Sanders' promise to turn out young voters is a double-edged sword

February 28, 2020

Business Insider

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Youth Studies professor, is quoted in an article about the potential of young voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election.

Three CUNY SPS Faculty Receive JFK, Jr. Institute Fellowship

January 23, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, adjunct faculty, youth studies program; Margaret Reilly, academic director of nursing; and Cassandra Evans, assistant professor, disability studies programs,...

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