Speaker Bio

Christina Katopodis, PhD, is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate at the City University of New York’s Humanities Alliance, currently pursuing research on the indispensable role of a humanities education. She is the former Associate Director of Transformative Learning in the Humanities and founder of Engaged & Ready, a project that empowers faculty with antiracist active learning tools to democratize their classrooms. She is the winner of the 2019 Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize and the 2018 Dewey Digital Teaching Award. She has authored or co-authored articles published in Chronicle of Higher EdEnglish Language Notes, ESQHybrid PedagogyInside Higher Ed, ISLE, MLA’s ProfessionTimes Higher Ed, and Zeal: A Journal for the Liberal Arts. With Cathy N. Davidson, Katopodis is author of The New College Classroom (Harvard University Press, 2022).

She started her college-level teaching career with a focus on American literature and environment. As a result of years in academic programs devoted to structuring equity into college classrooms, she discovered that others are struggling to make their classrooms more democratic and student-centered without burning themselves out in the process. Combined with her first-hand teaching experiences, years of research, and desire to help, she took to the stage with the goal of reaching as many people as possible to transform higher ed from the inside out.