Deborah Keisch

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Lecturer / CSP Program Director

Deborah has been immersed in the field of education for over two decades as a practitioner, researcher, and activist - and is committed to research and teaching practices that support the work of social change. Her interests include an ongoing critical examination of U.S. public education, public education activism, engaged pedagogy, community engagement, storytelling for social change, and both the power and complications of using digital tools in social justice efforts.

Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she became certified to teach K–8th grade while exploring Acadia National Park with groups of elementary students. She also holds a master’s in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in anthropology from UMass Amherst, where she studied the social and political foundations of U.S. education, the contemporary context and culture of teaching and learning, and how institutions of higher education can create spaces for students to become critical scholars and activists.