Justin speaking to a group of students at Howard University, 2019

My teaching philosophy is informed by an evolving constellation of thinkers and practitioners:

  • bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress
  • George Yancy, “Looking at Whiteness: Subverting White Academic Spaces”
  • Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  • John Dewey’s intellectual laboratory
  • Bettina Love, We Want to Do More than Survive
  • Margaret Price, Mad at School
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together
  • Ms. Moss’s high school history and debate classes

I’ve carried what I’ve learned in teaching the K-12 classroom to the community college classroom to the university classroom. For me, these are places for experimentation, for trial and error, for process and confrontation with the self. These are places of excitement. The classroom goes beyond the walls of a room as learning happens continuously throughout the day. Everyone is a participant in the learning process. Everyone contributes and everyone reflects. Learning is exciting, and engages intentionally and radically with the world around us.

I regularly teach lecture and seminar courses in literary and cultural studies for first-year students, adult learners, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students. In addition to surveys of British Literature and African American Literature, my seminars cover topics related to emotions, race and ethnic identification, anti-racist resistance, health humanities, and disability studies.

Take a look at two of my themed writing composition courses: ENG 101 and ENG 181.