Dr. Kenneth Monteiro assumed the position of Acting Director of the Chávez Institute, temporarily replacing Dr. Belinda Reyes who is on an extended leave of absence.
Dr. Monteiro is the former Dean of the College of the College of Ethnic Studies, former University Dean of Human Relations, and former chair of the Psychology Department at San Francisco State University.
Before teaching at San Francisco State, he was on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Rutgers University at New Brunswick. Dr. Monteiro received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Cognitive Psychology, and his bachelor’s degree cum laude (A.B.) in psychology from Dartmouth College.
Dr. Monteiro has published in a range of areas including emotion and memory, culture and thought; ethnic, racial, gender and sexual identity; and academic and reading achievement for African American, Asian American and Latino youth. His edited text, Ethnicity and Psychology: African, Asian, Latino and Native American Psychologies, has been used nationally to bridge Ethnic Studies and Psychology courses addressing these communities.
Among service to other local and national boards, he has served two terms as a national board member for the Association of Black Psychologists and he is the Immediate Past President of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. He is also a board member of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and the coordinator of the California State University Ethnic Studies Council.
He and his partner, Rev. Dr. Perry Lang have three children and three grandchildren.