Edith Gnanadass

Dr. Edith Gnanadass is an assistant professor of higher and adult education at the University of Memphis. She has more than 20 years of experience in adult and higher education working with diverse populations. She has also administered and taught adult literacy and early childhood programs in New York City for more than 16 years. Using a postcolonial feminist lens, her research interests include race and learning, cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) as a framework to analyze learning, DesiCrit (theorizing the racial ambiguity of South Asian Americans), using Black texts in adult and higher education and racialized immigrant narratives. Her selected publications include her 2014 article “Learning to Teach about Race: The Racialized Experience of a South Asian American Feminist Educator” in Adult Learning (vol. 25, no. 3) and a co-written 2020 article “Troubling the Discursive Moment: Using Black texts for Activating Dialogue” in New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education (vol. 165), 21-33.

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