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Shiv Desai, PhD

Associate Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education

Hokona Hall 235
505 277-2338

Dr. Desai is currently working with LOUD (Leaders Organizing 2 Unite & Decriminalize), where he is helping them conduct a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project that examines the school-to-prison pipeline as well as how YPAR can be utilized to inform new policies to shape a more socially just juvenile justice system. His other research interests include centering and privileging youth voices through spoken word poetry, hip hop and other forms of artistic expression. Shiv also recognizes that indigenous forms of knowledge are essential to reclaiming an education that pushes liberation. His research draws upon critical race theory, critical literacy, and decolonizing methodologies.

Research & Scholarly Interests

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Out-of-School Literacies (Spoken Word and Hip Hop)
  • Teacher Education
  • Social Justice
  • Transformational Resistance
  • Critical Race Theory


  • DUC 652: Teacher Education and Social Justice
  • EDUC 450: Issues in Secondary Education
  • EDUC 400: Student Teaching Elementary School Semester 1
  • EDUC 400: Student Teaching Elementary School Semester 2
  • LLSS 524: Critical Race Theory

Special projects/initiatives

  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015-16 Recipient