Shanti Elliott

Shanti Elliott

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Education
English Teacher, Francis Parker School


Shanti Elliott is the director of civic engagement at Francis Parker School in Chicago, and co-leads the Teachers’ Inquiry Project. In addition to teaching English at the high school level for many years, she has taught English and comparative literature with a focus on Arabic and Russian literatures at University of California-Berkeley and at Northwestern. Her new book, Playing with Power: Experiments in Democratic Education, will be published by Teacher’s College Press in 2015.

Elliott has published in journals such as Schools, Folklore Forum, Russian Review and Volonterstvo and has consulted with numerous schools, districts and organizations on civic education.



Year Degree Institution
PhD, Comparative Literature University of California-Berkeley
BA, MA, Comparative Literature University of California-Berkeley



MS_ED 402

Social Contexts of Education This course focuses on the social and contextual influences of education, from a learning, teaching, research, and policy perspective. We will examine the role or race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and identity in the ways individuals and groups influence and are influenced by our education system. In this class you will be asked to deeply evaluate your own beliefs, thoughts, and assumptions about the influence of these socio-cultural factors and consider their implications for your own professional and personal development.


Social Contexts of Education

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