Andrea Spero

Andrea Spero

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Andrea McEvoy Spero is an educator and activist who develops curriculum and trainings for teachers focused on engaging youth in the historical and current contexts of race, gender and human rights. She leads the high school implementation of From Slavery to Obama: Renewing the Promise of Reconstruction, a course developed in collaboration with Dr. Clarence B. Jones.  Her academic research and writing focuses on the use of performing arts to teach human rights in urban high schools. She co-edited the human rights textbook Bringing Human Rights Education to US Classrooms with Dr. Susan Katz.

Research Areas

  • Human Rights Education
  • Urban Education and Social Justice


  • University of San Francisco, EdD in International & Multicultural Education, 2012
  • Loyola Marymount University, MA in Education, 1997

Prior Experience

  • Director of Education, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University

Awards & Distinctions

  • Outstanding Dissertation, International and Multicultural Education, 2012

  • Graduate Merit Scholarship, University of San Francisco, 2009-2010

Selected Publications

  • Katz, S.R., Spero A. M. (2015) Bringing human rights education to US classrooms: exemplary models from elementary to grades to university. Palgrave Macmillan

  • Spero, A.M. (2013). A time to break silence: The essential works of Martin Luther King, Jr. for students, resource and curriculum guide. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

  • Spero, A.M. (2012). Human rights education and the performing arts. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 24 (1). 28-35.

  • Carson, C. , Mohnot, A., & Spero, A. M. (2009). King and global liberation. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Stanford University; Inkworks Press.