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Kamau Rashid, PhD


Associate Professor, Educational Foundations and Inquiry

Programs/Classes Taught:

  • PPA 510: Social Inequality and Social Policy
  • CCD 605: Scholarly Habits of Mind
  • CCD 690: Race, Ethnicity, and Education
  • CCD 690: Global Studies in Education
  • CSI 601: Cultures of Schools and Communities
  • ELE 527: Policy and Politics of Urban Education
  • ESR 514: Researchers in Action: Becoming Practitioner Researchers
  • ESR 604: Dissertation Proposal Seminar
  • FND 510: Social Justice Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of American Education
  • FND 511: Social and Cultural Politics of Education: Personal and Contextual Perspectives

Areas of Expertise:

Much of Dr. Rashid's work is related to exploring African and African diasporan social critique and activism. This has meant an on-going exploration of the ideas of W.E.B. Du Bois and their relevance to contemporary critical theories such as Critical Race Theory, Black Feminism, the African-centered paradigm, Du Bois’s critique of capitalism, his advocacy of Pan-Africanism, and so on.

Additionally, he is deeply interested in the significance of Chicago as a site for the formation of critical discourse pertaining to African American social transformation. Most notably he has explored the Chicago-School of African-centered thought and one of its key scholars—Jacob H. Carruthers.

Lastly, much of Dr. Rashid's scholarship concerns itself with African and diasporan cultural forms and ontologies in the context of language, philosophy, paradigms of social development, cosmology, and epistemologies.


Dr. Kamau Rashid is the Education Chair for the Midwest Region of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. He is also the Education Committee Chair of the Kemetic Institute of Chicago where he helps to organize the annual African Forum series in addition to community education classes on African history and culture. He is also active in a number of other community organizations that are concerned with education and cultural enrichment.

In 2015 Dr. Rashid was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and do research in Ghana at the University of Education, Winneba. While there, Dr. Rashid taught classes on world history and the history of women’s movements. He also studied the Pan-African discourses of Kwame Nkrumah and W.E.B. Du Bois.


  • PhD, Sociology of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • MA, Inner-City Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, 2002
  • BA, Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998

Research and Interests:

  • African languages and cultural ontologies
  • Pan-African thought and social movements
  • The critical social theories of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • African American education in sociological and historical perspectives
  • African-Centered education
  • African American independent schools and Home Schooling
  • Education and neo-colonialism in Africa
  • African American critical social thought
  • Historic and contemporary African diasporan social movements in the western hemisphere
  • Independent-activist oriented Hip Hop
  • African American comic storytelling Art, media, and social critique
  • African and diasporic combative traditions
  • Indigenous thought and development

Contact Information:


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

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    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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