THE podcast: academia and activism

Three academics share their experiences of using their research and teaching for social justice aims




University of San Francisco,Clark University,
16 Feb 2023
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Academia and activism might seem like a natural pair. Both require grit, persistence and a passionate commitment to a cause. However doing social justice work is often at the expense of other tasks that count towards career progression in higher education. 

In this episode, three academic activists discuss the structures within higher education that make this work difficult, and how they balance it with parenthood and other commitments. They also offer advice to anyone hoping to use their research and teaching as a bridge between universities and the community. 

Colette Cann is professor and associate dean in the school of education at the University of San Francisco, and Eric DeMeulenaere is associate professor of urban schooling in the department of education at Clark University. Their book The activist academic: engaged scholarship for resistance, hope and social change was published in 2020 by Myers Education Press. 

John McKendrick is professor in social justice at Glasgow Caledonian University and is working to eradicate poverty.


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