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Erik Elshire

Teaching Assistant

Gender and Women's Studies

Doctoral Studies, Educational Policy Studies

Pronouns: he/him


Building & Room:

UH 1208


I am a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies, Social Foundations in my third year at UIC. My former work involved teaching high school English, facilitating and training in restorative justice for high school students and teachers, environmental justice activism and organizing, and various labor jobs. My interests are: the co-option of language in education and elsewhere; abolition feminism, sovereignty, climate disaster, and educating toward a different world; looking at the overlap of queer/trans/feminist theory, black radical thought, black feminism, indigenous thought, and their related ontologies and cosmologies in an effort to transform education despite school being majoritively controlled by state and corporate power. My current research is on the co option of educational concepts, abolition feminism, and what critical educators' visions tell us about the possibility of transformation in and out of public schools in the United States.