Kamau Rashid
Professor; Founding Director of the Urban Education Ed.D. program
Literacy, Leadership, Development and Special Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5378
Courses Taught
ICSE-428: The Urban World
Research Interests
Pan-African critical theory

African combat arts in the Americas

Language revitalization in the African Diaspora

Language, ontology, and cosmology in classical and traditional African thought and culture

Pan-Africanist, nationalist, and socialist movements in the African Diaspora

Educational Policy Studies, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Inner City Studies, M.A.
Northeastern Illinois University

Sociology, B.A.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Selected Publications

Rashid, Kamau. “Education means revolt”: Du Bois and the radical imaginary.” Seeds of W.E.B. Du Bois: Musings, Lineal Impressions & Critical Introspections, edited by Richard Benson and Whitney Battle-Baptiste. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press (forthcoming).

 Rashid, Kamau. “Abibifahodie!: Language, Consciousness, and Decolonization.” Moja: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Africana Studies (forthcoming).

Rashid, Kamau. “Dd mAat. ir mAat (Speak Maat. Do Maat): Maat as Liberatory Praxis.” Eternal Year of African People, edited by Bart McSwine and Asantewaa Oppong Wadie. Chicago, IL: Frontline Books (2020).

Rashid, Kamau. “Beyond the Fetters of Colonialism: Du Bois, Nkrumah, and a Pan-African critical theory.” Equity & Excellence in Education 52, no. 2-3 (2019): 271-282.

 Rashid, Kamau. “Time to start the revolution”: Hip Hop and Social Justice Education.” Journal of Pan African Studies 9, no. 4 (2016): 341-363.


Dr. Kamau Rashid earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a MA in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He served on the faculty of National Louis University from 2009-2021 and taught classes in the social foundations of education and public policy, in addition to advising doctoral students. In 2015 and 2016, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana.

Lastly, he is active in a number of initiatives related to food sovereignty and community/youth development.

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