Wayne Yang

Professor & Provost of John Muir College


Ph.D. Social and Cultural Studies in Education, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Popular culture and social movements;
  • Urban education and critical pedagogy;
  • Coloniality in urban ghettos;
  • Decolonization


Wayne Yang’s work transgresses the line between scholarship and community, as evidenced by his involvement in urban education and community organizing. Before his academic career, he was a public school teacher in Ohlone territory, now called Oakland, California, where he co-founded the Avenues Project, a youth development non-profit organization, as well as East Oakland Community High School, which were inspired by the Survival Programs of the Black Panther Party. An accomplished educator, Dr. Yang has taught high school in Oakland, California for over 15 years and is a recipient of the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Yang writes about decolonization and everyday epic organizing, particularly from underneath ghetto colonialism, often with his frequent collaborator, Eve Tuck. Currently, they are convening The Land Relationships Super Collective, editing the book series, Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education, and editing the journal, Critical Ethnic Studies. He is interested in the complex role of cities in global affairs: cities as sites of settler colonialism, as stages for empire, as places of resettlement and gentrification, and as always-already on Indigenous lands.

*Sometimes he writes as la paperson, an avatar that irregularly calls.


A Third University is Possible. La Paperson*. University of Minnesota Press (2017).

Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck, & K. Wayne Yang (eds). Routledge (2018).

Towards What Justice? Describing Diverse Dreams of Justice in Education. Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang (eds). Routledge. (2018).

Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change. Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang (eds). Routledge. (2014).

Selected Publications

Sustainability as Plantation Logic, Or, Who Plots an Architecture of Freedom? K. Wayne Yang (forthcoming). e-flux Architecture.

Decolonial Desires: Is a Third University Possible? Natchee Blu Barnd & K. Wayne Yang (forthcoming). Ethnic Studies Review.

Pedagogy of Intercambio: Movements at the Ends of Empire. Davíd Morales & K. Wayne Yang (forthcoming). Lapis.

Beyond Land Acknowledgement in Settler Institutions. Theresa Stewart-Ambo & K. Wayne Yang (forthcoming). Social Text.

Not Child but Meager: Sexualization and Negation of Black Childhood. Tezeru Teshome & K. Wayne Yang (2019). Small Axe.

Teaching a Native Feminist Read. Angie Morrill & K. Wayne Yang (2019). In T. Cuahatin, M. Zavala, C. Sleeter & W. Au (eds.), Rethinking Ethnic Studies. Rethinking Schools.

Building things not to last forever. Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang (2018). Critical Ethnic Studies, 4(1).

Journals Make Terrible Time Machines. Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang (2017). Critical Ethnic Studies, 3(2), pp. 1-11.

Deep Organizing: To Build the beloved community. K. Wayne Yang (2015). In E. Welch, J. Ruanto-Ramirez, N. Magpusao & S. Amon E. (eds.), Nexus: Complicating community & centering the self. Pp. 9-21. Cognella Academic Publishing.

Unbecoming claims: Pedagogies of refusal in qualitative research. Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang (2014). Qualitative Inquiry, 2(6), pp. 811-818.

A ghetto land pedagogy: an antidote for settler environmentalism. *La Paperson (2014). Environmental Education Research, 20(1), pp. 115-130.

R-words: Refusing research. Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang (2013). In D. Paris & M. Winn (Eds.), Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry With Youth and Communities. Sage.

Decolonization is not a metaphor. Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang (2012). Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 1(1), pp. 1-40.

The postcolonial ghetto: Seeing her shape and his hand. *La Paperson (2010). Berkeley Review of Education, 1(1).

Mathematics, critical literacy, and youth participatory action research. K. Wayne Yang (2009). New Directions for Youth Development. (123): pp.99-118.

Discipline or Punish? Some suggestions for teacher practice and policy. K. Wayne Yang (2009). Language Arts, 87(1), pp.49-61.

Organizing MySpace: Youth walkouts, pleasure, politics and new media. K. Wayne Yang (2007). Educational Foundations. 21 (1-2), 9-28.