Keith Eric Benson

President, Camden Education Association; Educator, Camden City School District
Areas of Expertise:

About Keith

Benson has taught in Camden City public schools for fourteen years prior to being elected to the presidency of the Camden Education Association and is primarily interested in topics related to urban schooling and critical pedagogies, urban education reform policy, and school choice within contemporary urban redevelopment. Further, within a standpoint theory framework, he is also very interested in eliciting and highlighting the voices of forgotten urban community members impacted by both urban redevelopment and the education reforms that accompany it.

In the News

Opinion: "Shame on Norcross Dems, Camden Schools Leader," Keith Eric Benson, Courier Post, June 21, 2018.
Interviewed in Gentrification Threatening Beloved Camden and Oakland High Schools (with Kharyshi Wiginton) Education Today, November 11, 2016.
Opinion: "Residents Must Fight Camden High School Plan," Keith Eric Benson, Courier Post, October 24, 2016.
Quoted by Brenda Flanagan in "Camden’s Murder Rate More Than Doubled for 2016," NJTV News, July 29, 2016.
Opinion: "Restore Residents’ Control of Camden’s Schools," Keith Eric Benson, Courier Post, June 23, 2016.
Interviewed in "Union Relations, International Teacher Solidarity, and Other Public Education Topics," (with Dr. Lois Weiner) Education Today, April 22, 2016.
Opinion: "School Fight about Gentrification," Keith Eric Benson, Courier Post, November 25, 2015.
Opinion: "Greetings from Scamden," Keith Eric Benson, National Education Policy Center, March 6, 2014.


"Are We Really 'Bout That Life'? Urban Educators as Activists in, and for, Their Urban Schools' Community" The Journal of School & Society 4, no. 1 (2017): 1-4.

Ponders the best ways in which to synthesize educational methods and activities to educate a new American public.

"Where Y'all Teachers at When We Need You? Expectations of City Public School Teachers beyond the Schoolhouse" The Journal of School & Society 4, no. 1 (2017): 12-22.

Discusses the context of Camden public schools and community as well as the opportunities for urban educators to engage in needed, meaningful community-centered social justice activism.