Hello!  I am mother to two young children, an emerging scholar, and a recent transplant to Minnesota from New Mexico.  I completed my dissertation at the University of New Mexico in Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies in July 2022.  My dissertation research examined the intersections of critical pedagogy and teacher ideologies in public school contexts, as well as the use of study groups as a method for critical teacher professional development.

In August 2022 I started work as Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the department of Education.  I teach Human Diversity (EDUC 1100) and Antiracist and Inclusive Schooling (IESE 1010).  I am passionate about pedagogy, and I am curious about what critical pedagogy looks like at a predominantly White institution (PWI).  My primary question right now is: How do we teach teachers who are predominantly White to practice education that challenges oppression without reinforcing their privilege and also without at the same time reproducing oppressive structures endemic to schooling?  In other words, how can critical pedagogues check White privilege without implicitly teaching the ways of the oppressor?


Ph.D.: University of New Mexico, Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies, August 2022.

M.S.Ed.: Brooklyn College, Education, June 2009

B.S.: The New School, Philosophy, May 2006


Kitts, H.A. (2020). Neither liberal, nor conservative: The theoretical and political nuance of critical pedagogy in a sectarian climate. The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy. 11(1), 81-103.


Kitts, H.A. (2020). Critical possibilities for teacher education. Research in Education.

Online  first.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0034523720915738


Kitts, H. A. & Peele-Eady, T. B. (2019).  Childhood and criticality: Considerations for


classroom teaching and learning. Neos. 11(1), 12-14.


Kitts, H.A. (2018). Speaking the unspeakable: the role of speech in a pedagogy of critical

whiteness. Whiteness & Education, 3(1), 76-89. doi:      10.1080/23793406.2017.1423243


Kitts, H.A. (2015). Being, knowing, teaching. Interdisciplinary Humanities, 32(2), 79-91. ISSN: 10566139.


Kitts, H.A. (2011, Winter). Within wilderness. Platte Valley Review, 33.



Kitts, H.A. (2012, December). Humane teaching as seeing without watching.

Education Resources Consortium. Open access: http://www.educationresourcesconsortium.org/news/2014/12/10/teaching-with-   humanity-seeing-without-watching?rq=kitts

Kitts, H.A (1999). A fragile form. A celebration of the Southwest’s young poets. Creative Communication, Inc.: Smithfield, UT


Book chapters

Kitts, H.A. (2022). The function of Freireian utopia to decolonize teacher education. In T. Kress, R. Lake & E. Stein (Eds.), Radically dreaming: Illuminating Freirean praxis in turbulent times. DIO Press.


Book reviews

Kitts, H.A (2021). [Review of the book Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy, by Talia Lavin]. Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, 5(1), 15.https://doi.org/10.20897/femenc/9752

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