Luis Mirón

Professor of Sociology and Director, Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, Loyola University New Orleans
Areas of Expertise:
  • K-12 Education
  • School Reform
  • Cities & Regions

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About Luis

Mirón has devoted over two decades of his professional and volunteer time to writing and policy advocacy on school reform, particularly in New Orleans. He has published numerous books and articles on this topic – and in the nonprofit sector, he has helped write legislation affecting the governance of K-12 schooling locally and in the State of Louisiana.




"Corporate Ideology and the Politics of Entrepreneurism in New Orleans" Antipode 24, no. 4 (1992): 263-288.
Presents a case study of the effects of local ideology and culture on corporate-led progrowth movements in New Orleans and examines the connections among material conditions, ideology, and the politics of entrepreneurship.
The Social Construction of Urban Schooling: Situating the Crisis (Hampton Press, 1996).
Examines the context and substance of the reform of urban schools, and how reform has failed to serve children in urban schools even as it advances entrepreneurial corporate interests.
"Drowning the Crescent City: Told Stories of Katrina" (with Robert Ward). Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies 7, no. 2 (2007): 54-169.
Reviews secondary sources on the possible causes of the devastation in New Orleans resulting from Hurricane Katrina to probe the interwoven complexity of the social structures of class, race, and age, together with the lived experience of poor African American and elderly residents, to critically examine the question “what happened and why?”
"The Urban School Crisis in New Orleans: Pre and Post Katrina Perspectives" Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk 13 (2008): 236-258.
Provides a case study of the Algiers Charter School Association, a new organization formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, which coordinated the start-up of charter schools on the West Bank of the city.

In the News

"With Public, Charter Schools in Louisiana, What's the Best Governance Structure?," Luis Mirón, New Orleans Advocate, April 25, 2016.