Assistant Professor, Social Studies
West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies
Natasha Murray-Everett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies at West Virginia University where she teaches both elementary social studies methods and cultural diversity courses. She is passionate about educating pre-service teachers and encouraging them to engage in social justice and anti-racist practices in the K-6 classroom. Her primary research interests include examining dialogic spaces for pre- service teachers as a way to explore their racial and ethnic identities and the racial and ethnic identities of others. She looks at how these understandings shape pre-service teachers’ ideologies of race and racism, how it influences their teaching practices, and their relationships with students, particularly with students of color. Other interests include how pre-service teachers engage in controversial topics, and consider the marginalized experiences of people of color. Before joining WVU, she earned her PhD from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Curriculum and Instruction and before that served as an elementary school teacher in both Baltimore City and Washington D.C. Public Schools.