Associate Professor Eve Tuck has joined the Department of Social Justice Education.

Article by Marisol D'Andrea, Administrative Coordinator, OISE Research

Associate Professor Eve Tuck has joined the Department of Social Justice Education. Tuck is Unangax̂ and a member of the Tribal Government of St Paul Island, in Alaska. She grew up outside of her territory in Pennsylvania, near Hershey. Tuck completed her PhD in Urban Education at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She lived in New York for 18 years prior to coming to OISE from State University of New York at New Paltz, where she was Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Coordinator of Native American Studies.

Tuck raises questions about audience and the purposes of academic labor, and she explains that her theoretical work also “engages questions of decolonization, desire, futurity, making claims, ethics of research, and settler colonialism.” She uses participatory action research and is especially concerned with “Indigenous theorizations of settler colonialism and Black theorizations of antiblackness, specifically what they (can) say to one another.”

As a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar (2015-2020), she will study mobile migrant youth in New York's Hudson Valley. Her participatory project will examine the purposes of schooling, navigating federal and state level immigration-education policies, and relationships to place and home through interviews and photovoice. She is also working on other projects, as she explains, “I also have started a new initiative, the Land Relationships Super Collective, with my frequent collaborator K. Wayne Yang. I have several ongoing collaborations with the Super Futures Haunt Qollective and The Black Land Project.” Tuck hopes to begin a new participatory research project with Black youth and Indigenous youth on relationships to selfsame (urban) land.

Tuck is excited to be now at OISE and to be a part of the community of Indigenous theorists at OISE. She further wishes to reflect on the term “social justice” and its implications to colonialism and antiblackness. In addition, she hopes the Unangax̂ community is proud of her because she asserts, “I am so proud of them.”

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