Aaminah Norris

Aaminah Norris

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Eureka Hall 408
(916) 278-5532

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Joined Faculty: August 2016

Quote of Personal Interest

"We believe that equity and access can best be achieved by centering the dynamic practices and selves of students and communities of color in a critical, additive, and expansive vision of schooling' Alim & Paris, 2018, pg. 3)

Areas Research/Scholarly Activity

Dr. Aaminah Norris has more than 20 years of experience supporting schools and not for profit organizations in addressing issues of educational equity for low income students from historically marginalized communities. Her background in education includes teaching, administration, and curriculum-development for thousands of students in grades K-16. She researches, teaches, and advocates use of digital and social media in formal and informal learning environments to address racial and gender inequities. Dr. Norris authored curricula for the films Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In.

Developing Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies for STEM Teachers of Color

Equity and Access for Girls of Color in Makerspaces

Professional development in anti-bias education, equity-based teaching, and parental engagement

Courses Taught

  • Women of Color in Higher Education
  • EDSS 364/365 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching in a Democratic Multicultural Society
  • EDMS 334/335 Principles of Teaching in a Diverse K-8 Classroom
  • Race, Identity, and Culture in Urban Schools
  • Urban Education
  • African American History and Thought in Education

Educational Degrees

Ph.D. Education University of California, Berkeley
M.A. Education University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Communications, Alabama State University

Professional Awards or Commendations

  • 2017-2018 Faculty Associate, Center for Teaching and Learning, Sacramento State University
  • 2014‑2015 Graduate Fellowship, Communications Department Sorbonne University, Paris, France—Declined
  • 2013‑2014 The National Academies Dissertation Fellowship Special Recognition
  • 2013‑2014 Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, UC Berkeley
  • 2012‑2013 Digital Media and Learning Fellow Microsoft Research/DML Hub, Cambridge, MA/UC Irvine
  • 2012‑‑2013 Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology
  • Advanced Collaborative (HASTAC) Scholar, www.hastac.org
  • 2012‑‑2013 William T. & Helen S. Halstead Distinguished Fellow, UC Berkeley

Select Publications

Learn to Lead: Including Girls in STEM (Chevron STEM Zone Report, 2017)

Make-her-spaces as hybrid places: Designing and resisting self-constructions in urban classrooms, Equity & Excellence in Education, 47:1, 63-77

#SandraBland's Mystery: A Transmedia Story of Police Brutality (Anticipated publication University of Michigan Press, 2018)

Sex and the City 2: The black body commodified. In Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric and Reader (2nd Ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing

The Mask You Live In Curriculum for K-16 Students

Miss Representation (Retrievable from www.therepresentationproject.org)

Curriculum Vitae

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Last updated: April 6, 2018
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