A Conversation with Leigh Patel

As calls to decolonize education multiply across contexts and institutions, we must push this issue beyond optics and return to the question: what does commitment to decolonization demand? What risks and struggles? What experiments and solidarities?

About Our Guest

Leigh Patel is a prolific teacher, theorist, and organizer of (and with!) movements to dismantle colonialism and build the world otherwise.

Her most recent book is No Study without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education. Her other books include Decolonizing Educational Research: From Ownership to Accountability and Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education, and the Politics of Inclusion. They belong on every radical pedagogy bookshelf.

In this episode, Prof. Patel guides us as we embark on a deep dive into these urgent questions as they ramify across scales. Refusing to partition study from struggle, Patel exposes the settler colonial processes that continue to shape higher education, even as she lifts up radical projects of education otherwise.

Prof. Patel is the Professor of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

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