Shelley Zion, Ph.D., Professor

Shelley Zion, Ph.D., Professor

Shelley Zion, Ph.D.
Professor

Shelley Zion, Ph.D.

Contact Info
856-256-4742
Herman D. James Hall 2050

Biography

Dr. Zion's work is multi-disciplinary, grounded in the social sciences, and specifically within sociology as it seeks to understand how institutions, social systems and individual experiences create and sustain systems of power and privilege that ensure access for some while excluding others. Her research is situated within a framework of sociopolitical development, informed by a range of critical theoretical perspectives, and advanced by an understanding of the nature of both individual and systemic change. This framework requires that to impact a transformation of the current public education and other social systems towards goals of equity and social justice, we must work to disrupt dominant ideologies by creating spaces in which people begin to develop a critical understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and other institutional forces that perpetuate systems of privilege and oppression. Practically, this translates to a focus on teaching for social justice-preparing educators, students, community members to be active participants in ending oppression through empowerment and organizing.