Paradoxes & Praxis: The 21st Century Imperative for Educational Foundations

Kimya P. Barden

Kimya Barden is a professor of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies within the College of Education and Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. A Chicago native, much of her work in education is inspired by and relates to her hometown. Staying in Chicago for college, Barden earned her Ph.D. at Loyola University Chicago with focuses in Philosophy and Social Work—both fields of study that guide her research today. Barden’s research focuses on inner city education, culturally relevant clinical practices, and African American educational studies. Her work in inner city education and African American educational studies has garnered respect across the country and allowed her to appear at conferences such as the Black Women’s Health Conference at Tulane University in 2014. In addition to her work in the education field, Barden is also a mother of four children.

Kimya Barden’s publications include:

Barden, K. P. (2015). Popular cultural milieu illustrated through a hip-hop culturally values-driven pedagogy. In W. H. Schubert, B.D. Schultz & M. F. He (Eds.) The SAGE guide to curriculum in education (pp. 407-415). SAGE Publications.

Barden, K. P. (2015). Black babies’ playdates matter: A reflection on the impacts of segregation, the white gaze, and motherwork at a drop-in play space. Journal of Mother Studies. Retrieved May 17, 2020, from

Barden, K. P. (2013). Remembering the cultural trauma legacies of slavery: African american young adult perceptions on racism, ethnic identity, and racial socialization (Doctoral dissertation, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, USA). Retrieved from