- Chicana/o Studies
Michael Singh is an assistant professor in the Department of Chicana/o/x Studies at UC Davis. He received his Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley in 2019 and was later a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chicana/o/x Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Singh’s scholarship explores the intersectional politics of race and neoliberalism in urban education, specifically with a focus on Latino men and boys. His research has three interrelated strands: 1) Ethnographic explorations of Latino manhood amidst neoliberal framings of race and urban schooling, 2) The professional experiences and pedagogical practices of Latino male educators, 3) Everyday refusals and queer disruptions among Latino men and boys. Overall, Dr. Singh’s work provides a timely addition to the growing research on boys and young men of color and calls for intersectional and justice-centered approaches to Latino male education.
Dr. Singh is currently writing his first book manuscript. Tentatively titled, Un Buen Ejemplo: Race, Education, and the Intersectional Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys, this book comes from two years of ethnographic research with a school-based mentorship program. It examines the ways converging (neoliberal) discourses of race, gender, class, and sexuality influence how Latino male empowerment programs (re)imagine the role of Latino male youth workers, who are positioned as positive role models in the lives of their students. Dr. Singh is also in the process of beginning his second research project. This study uses the qualitative research method of testimonio to examine the ways race, gender, and sexuality shape the lives and teaching practices of Latino men who are K-12 teachers.
Michael was born and raised in Woodland, California and is third and fourth generation Mexican American/Xicano. He is committed to the goals and dreams of ethnic studies and Chicana/o/x studies.