Christina Katopodis, PhD, has delivered more than 50 talks and workshops on teaching and learning topics at colleges and universities and regional, national, and international conferences across Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the U.S. At her home institution, the City University of New York (CUNY), she has organized 12 conferences and 121 workshops on teaching and learning, training well over 4,000 faculty, staff, and students in antiracist, inclusive teaching practices and active learning, which has impacted an estimated 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
She is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate at the CUNY Humanities Alliance, currently pursuing research on the indispensable role of a humanities education in a just society. 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 Ed, English Language Notes, ESQ, Hybrid Pedagogy, Inside Higher Ed, ISLE, MLA’s Profession, Times 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), winner of the AAC&U 2023 Frederic W. Ness Book Award.
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 in the learning sciences, 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.