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Nina Asher

Nina Asher

J. Franklin Bayhi Endowed Professor of Education
Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice
College of Education

What was your previous position and where?

From 1997-99, as I was finishing my doctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, I was an instructor in the Urban Early and Middle Childhood Education Program at Penn State University - Delaware County Campus.

What brought you to LSU?

LSU's Curriculum Theory Project is known nationally and internationally in the education field. In 1999, when I saw a position announcement for an assistant professor in the area of multiculturalism and elementary education, I applied! I knew that it would be the right place for me to develop my work as a beginning academic interested in postcolonial and feminist theory in relation to education.

What is your research interest?

I have been writing in the areas of postcolonialism, feminism, critical perspectives on multiculturalism, globalization and Asian-American studies in relation to education. Autobiography, psychoanalytic theoy and LGBTQ studies in education are also areas of interest.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I will continue to contribute to efforts to enhance the national and international presence of LSU's College of Education through my scholarship and service. Also, in terms of teaching, I will continue to mentor doctoral students so that they emerge as strong scholars in their own right and preservice students so that they excel as teachers.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I value the collegiality and diversity within my home department — Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice — and the richness of such interdisciplinary programs as Women's and Gender Studies. And, I have always loved Louisiana's warm climate and lush foliage, especially the amazing live oaks on campus!

What are your major accomplishments?

Let me mention two. One of the biggest accomplishments for me was getting an article — "Made in the (multicultural) U.S.A.: Unpacking tensions of race, culture, gender, and sexuality in education" — published in the Educational Researcher, or ER. This journal goes out to the entire membership of the American Educational Research Association, or AERA, the leading research organization in the field; and when my article stayed on “The 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles” listing of the ER for more than a year, I was thrilled! Another major accomplishment for me is that I have attracted several strong, highly motivated doctoral students from diverse backgrounds — locally, nationally and internationally — to LSU.


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