Amir is an assistant professor in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education (CSSTE) at Washington State University (WSU). Moreover, he also holds the leadership position of Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion for Student Success and Retention within the College of Education.
His interdisciplinary background in Cultural Studies, Africana Studies, and Education allows him to traverse the boundaries across the social sciences, the arts, and the humanities. Amir has spent his entire professional career within the field of education working with under-represented youth in state grant-funded youth organizations and is currently teaching pre-service educators how to be culturally responsive and equitable practitioners. Amir’s broad research interests are Black Aesthetics, Black Masculinities, Afrofuturism, Afro-Pessimism, and the political economy of schooling. Amir’s current research examines how anti-Black confrontations impede the lives of Black boys inside and outside of schooling. Moreover, Amir’s research illuminates the understudied phenomenon known as Black Boy Joy. Black Boy Joy is a social and spiritual practice of Black fulfillment and Black being, and the refusal of white supremacist systems.