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Rita  Kohli

Kohli, Rita

Assistant Professor,  Elementary Education

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  • Doctor of Philosophy. Univ Of Cal-Los Angeles, 2008
  • Master of Arts, Sociology of Education
    New York Univ, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
    Univ Of Cal-Santa Barbara, 1999


Rita Kohli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San José State University. She has a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. A former teacher and current teacher educator, Kohli has spent over 15 years working in urban public schools across the nation. Her research interests include teachers of color, cross-racial understanding, Critical Race Theory, racial climate and racial hierarchies in K-12 schools. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, providing a three day professional development to teachers from all over the country each summer. She has been active in national educational organizations, serving as past-program chair and current chair for the Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group and program committee member for the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Race, Ethnicity and Education; Education, Equity and Excellence and Teacher Education Quarterly.