Fatoumata Binta Bah
Dr. Binta Bah joins the education department as a 2021 Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow. Acting as a visiting professor, she teaches Educational Psychology: Child Learning and Development, and Educational Psychology: Adolescent Learning and Development. She earned her PhD in Teaching and Learning, with a specialization in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education, from the Graduate School of Education at The Ohio State University.
Binta is a scholar in the field of Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultant. Guided by a central focus on the naming and theorizing of the specificity of anti-blackness, her research utilizes Afro-pessimism, Critical Race Theory, and Cultural Studies to examine and address anti-blackness in educational policy and programmatic reform initiatives. Relying on an interdisciplinary lens, her scholarship illuminates how systems of power operate within and outside of educational contexts, which systematically subject Black students to psychic and material harm and violence.
As a teacher educator, Binta utilizes interdisciplinary course reading lists to provide a holistic understanding of the colonial history and function of education. Drawing from various fields such as psychology, African American Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, she asks students to explore and contextualize broader socio-political organization as a way to understand education and schooling. Through her intentional work to facilitate a structural understanding of society, she hopes that future educators are able to reimagine what anti-racist curricula and pedagogy could be within K-12 classrooms.
Bah, F.B., Washington, L. (2021, June). Accusing any Black person will do: Exploring antiblackness in institutional policy. Presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity Annual Meeting, Virtual.
Bah, F.B. (2021, April). Freedom! Freedom! Where are You? A Critical Examination of the Efficacy of Policy for Educational Reform. Presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Virtual.
Valauri, A., Bah, F.B., & Whalen, A. (2019, November). A Critical Analysis: Race, Racism, and Mass Incarceration in Early Childhood and Play. Presented at the National Association for Multicultural Educators Annual Conference, Memphis, TN.
San Pedro, T., Gonzalez-Miller, S., Sheets, W., Bah, F.B., Gerrard, C., & Whalen, A. (2018, June). Applying Humanizing & Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies in the Academy. Presented at The Summer Institute & Conference, Columbus, OH.