Professor and Director, African American Studies
Grace Livingston’s research and writing focuses on social justice education, including its impact on educational theory and practice. Trained across a broad range of disciplines—education, comparative literature, history, sociology, and theology—she is particularly interested in how knowledge is produced. In courses such as Introduction to African American Studies, Narratives of Race, and Imaging Blackness: Black Film and Black Identity, Livingston and her students address questions about how we shape and remember the past, how we engage raw truths of the present, and how we use critical examination of the past and present to forge a better future. She works with teaching and learning partners in the community and in the theater, and is a leader in the campus Race and Pedagogy Institute. Book chapters include: “Foundations of Critical Categories of Justice in Education,” in Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education (2010); and “Dilemmas of Race-Rememory Buried Alive: Popular Education, Nation and Diaspora in Critical Education,” in The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Education (2010).