Research, action, activism: Critical solidarities & multi-scalar powers


  • Celina Su City University of New York



social justice, research, epistemologies, reflexivity, critical solidarities, multi-scalar powers


In this essay, I draw upon my work with the Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) to argue for several key principles in research for social justice: reflexivity, especially regarding our work in fraught academic institutions, and engaging multiple ways of knowing. These principles are essential to forming critical solidarities across constituencies, to recognizing and addressing issues of power at multiple scales—local, national, global, and to imagining ourselves as protagonists in our collective futures.


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Author Biography

Celina Su, City University of New York

Celina Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press). She has received several distinguished fellowships, including a Berlin Prize and a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 2015 to 2018, she served as Lead Co-Chair of the URBAN Research Network.




How to Cite

Su, C. (2019). Research, action, activism: Critical solidarities & multi-scalar powers. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 27, 57.



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