Erich T. Elwin
Full Time Faculty
Education/Ethnic & Gender Studies
Phone: (206) 592-4578
Hello students! Very pleased that you chose my course and I look forward to learning with you this quarter. I wear a few different hats-- historian, teacher educator, and critical pedagogue.
As a historian, I specialize in research and analysis of events with emphasis on colonial and post-colonial histories, primarily France and French colonial territories. (i.e. Caribbean, Indochina, and North Africa). I've done archival work (white gloves and all) as well as public history. I'm extremely interested in local and oral histories, a great deal of my research in both history and education examines Black realities in America.
As an education specialist, my work focuses on curriculum & instruction, multicultural education, language, literacy, and culture. At heart, I am a Multicultural Educator (MCE) and implement various strategies and interdisciplinary approaches that honor our cultural and intersectional identities. One of my goals is preparing you to utilize critical thought to provide you with strategies that will assist you in navigating these societal waters.
As a first generation Black American, I embrace my national identity while still maintaining a strong connection to my Afro-Hispanic Caribbean cultural heritage. So, I harbor a global worldview that, at its core, is primarily rooted in the critical analysis of not only learning, but the ways in which we learn. This, I feel, is a vital component in helping us better understand the world in which we live. I am ever conscious of the importance of culture within education, grounded in the belief that student awareness of cultural aspects within society do not impede, rather facilitate learning processes though which critical thinking skills are acquired and developed.
My primary goal, is empowering you as students. Your diverse voices are important because your seat at the table as change agents assists us in toppling institutional hegemony and deconstructing the power structures that reproduce oppression in society. Your student voice is so very powerful.
On a lighter note, I enjoy writing and performing slam poetry, composing music, singing, playing the guitar, drums, and piano, watching sports, hanging out with my pups, cooking gourmet cuisine, and fishing whenever I get a chance.