I look forward to the day when descriptors such as "expert," "intellectual," and "genius" refer to mastery of the heart and soul—not solely the mind.
academivist + educator + researcher + writer
Greetings, Family! I am an assistant professor of higher education within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Caddo, Comanche, Jumanos, Kickapoo, Tawakoni, and Wichita peoples (Arlington, TX) and a research associate at the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Khokhoi, San, and AmaXhosa (Port Elizabeth, South Africa). I believe that scholarship and teaching have the capacity to serve as forms of "activism," an ever-evolving means to achieving social transformation. In my research, teaching, speaking, and writing of critical comparative global Indigenous, ethnic, and racial studies, I aim to reimagine the contentious and oppositional meanings of "resistance" and the inherent nobility of peoples and communities "from the periphery" that are too often/solely portrayed as damaged, deficient, invisible, marginalized, and victimized (without delegitimizing the systemic injustices and inequities they face). Addressing issues of (in)justice and (in)equity within in/formally designed higher education and knowledge structures of society pivot my approach. Within an inter-/trans-/non-/un-disciplinary realm, it is my aim to reconceptualize knowledges and practices, particularly within the context of of (in)justice. My work intersects sociologies of education and knowledge through a critical comparative global lens, activism and social movements, human rights and human rights education, media, and science and technology studies.
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Details on the design above and where to buy t-shirts and hoodies can be found in the "Translating Black Lives Matter" blog post.
"How Racism Migrates Across Cultures" podcast interview for America's Most Challenging Issue hosted by Masud Olufani