Education

  • Ed.D. 2017 – Teachers College, Columbia University
  • National Board Certification, 2008 – National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, English Language Arts (Early Adolescence)
  • M.A.T. 2004 – National Louis University, Middle Grades Education
  • B.A. 2003 – Hampton University, English Arts

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum studies
  • Black studies
  • Critical literacies
  • Cultural studies (affect/emotion; embodiment and corporeality; memory)
  • Women’s and gender studies; feminisms (Black feminisms; Black girlhoods)
  • Antiracist and social justice teacher education
  • Critical theories and pedagogies
  • Qualitative research, with emphasis on feminist methodologies and methods

Background

Dr. Esther O. Ohito specializes in curriculum studies, Black studies, teacher education, and feminist-oriented qualitative research. She began her education career in 2004 as an elementary and secondary public school teacher in Chicago, IL. This is the hyper-segregated setting where her curiosity about curricula and pedagogies that attend to questions of justice and knowledge production vis-à-vis dilemmas of Blackness, race, and gender was piqued. She has since investigated related questions while serving as a faculty member and administrator at a range of schools and institutions.

Research

Dr. Ohito is a curriculum and cultural theorist and an educational researcher with a penchant for Black feminist qualitative approaches. Broadly, she researches the entangled politics of Blackness, gender, race, and knowledge production at the nexus of curriculum, pedagogy, embodiment, and emotion. Her research agenda is split into three overlapping strands: 1) the poetics and aesthetics of Black knowledge and cultural production, 2) the gendered geographies of Black girlhoods, and 3) the gendered pedagogies of Black critical educators. Her interdisciplinary research is as inspired by Black intellectual traditions as by (memories of) her lived experiences, including as a multilingual, transnational, first-generation African immigrant student in the United States, a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system, and a U.S-based teacher/educator at various educational spaces spread across the African diaspora.