Mark Kohan

Assistant Clinical Professor


Assistant Clinical Professor

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. Educational Studies, University of Cincinnati, 2013
M.A. English Education, West Virginia University, 2005
B.A. Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1999


Mark Kohan is an educator and assistant clinical professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He currently serves as co-president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and as affiliate faculty of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the Human Rights Institute, El Instituto, and the Service Learning Institute at the University of Connecticut. As part of these commitments, he works with school, campus, and community partners to realize more equitable, culturally sustaining, and arts-based learning environments that support teacher education and educational change. Dr. Kohan is focused on co-generating experiential learning opportunities and grassroots organizing efforts grounded in principles of action research, community-based learning, and anti-racism, with students and educators. This has included partnership work with youth empowerment groups as well as with museums, artists, and community organizations (e.g., the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy, the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, Hughes Freedom Writers, Wordplay, Elementz, and Beat the Odd Squad) to address issues of educational inequity and human rights. His teaching career and educational partnership work began as an English language arts teacher at a public alternative high school in Fairmont, West Virginia. His pedagogy then and now is heavily influenced by growing up in Appalachia, being a part of a multicultural family, travels both domestic and abroad, as well as studies in the humanities and anthropology at the University of Arizona.


2015 AERA Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) Outstanding Dissertation Award

2013 Golden Apple Teaching Award, College of Education, University of Cincinnati

2012 Distinguished Service Award, School of Education, University of Cincinnati

2011 The Just Community Award, University of Cincinnati

2009 Reading Teacher of the Year, Marion County Schools, West Virginia

2008 Exceptional Leadership Award, Marion County Schools, West Virginia

Selected Presentations/Publications:

Kohan, M. & Camp. E. (2017). Invoking ‘precious knowledge with teacher candidates to reclaim the past, reassess the present, and revolutionize future practice. In A.S. Marcus, J. D. Stoddard, & D. Hicks (Eds.), Teaching difficult history through film. New York: Routledge, 219-236.

Kohan, M. & McGarry, J. (2016). Equity organizing in a school of education: Developing capacity for critically conscious action. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Annual Conference. Cleveland, Ohio.

Kohan, M. & Payne, S. (2016). Identifying and using critically conscious film to address educational inequity. NAME Annual Conference. Cleveland, Ohio.

Kohan, M. (2016). Story as an organizing and inquiry tool for public scholarship on partnerships in urban education. AERA Annual Convention. Washington, D.C.

Kohan, M. & L.I.D. (2015). Organizing to realize aspirations: Creating a pipeline for students of color in a teacher preparation program. NAME Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dustman, E., Kohan, M. & Stringer, E. (2014). Starting small and building out with Ernie Stringer: Personal insights into action research and educational change. Action Research. 12(4), 426-443.

Raider-Roth, M., Stieha, V., Kohan, M. & Turpin, C. (2014). “The false promise of group harmony” The centrality of challenging practices in teachers’ professional development. Journal of Jewish Education. 80(1), 53-77.

Kohan, M. (2013). Freedom writers-inspired literacy partnerships: Organizing to support student voice and teacher learning in an urban high school, urban youth academy, and urban teacher preparation program. NCTE Annual Convention. Boston, Massachusetts.

Johnson, H., Kohan, M., Laine, C., & Meyer, H. (2012). Exploring four exemplary educational partnerships for democracy and justice. Realizing imagined partnerships: Working towards a common goal. AACTE Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois.

Kohan, M., Laine, C., and Hughes High School Freedom Writers. (2011). Reading the past and writing the future: An urban literacy initiative. NCTE Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois.

Kohan, M. (2011). Triggering cultural life stories: The intersection of culture, identity, and text. Building a relational learning community in professional development: Examining the place of culture, text, and identity (panel session). AERA Annual Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Laine, C. & Kohan, M. (2011). Widening the circle: Action research for inclusive education. David teaches Goliath: How one action research center provokes university & community change (panel session). AERA Annual Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professional Development Workshops Created/Conducted:

Kohan, M. (2017, May). Getting schooled: Why multicultural education matters. Manchester High School’s Global Issues Forum, Manchester, CT.

Kohan, M. (2017, April). Service learning in ‘EDCI 2100: Power, privilege, and public education’. UConn Service Learning Expo. Storrs, Connecticut.

Kohan, M. & Payne, S. (2017, March). Critical service learning through interviewing and video advocacy. CETL Out-To-Lunch Series, Storrs, Connecticut.

Kohan, M. (2017, March). Humanities in action. Panel for the UConn Humanities Institute Dialogue Series, Storrs, Connecticut.

Kohan, M. (2017, January). Addressing educational inequity through film and story. Service Learning Institute for New Faculty Fellows, Storrs, Connecticut.

Kohan, M. & Gonzalez, E. (2017, January). Introduction to implicit bias and its implications. UConn Residence Life Professional Development, Storrs, Connecticut.

Kohan, M. (2016, November). Exploring the ‘race and revolution’ exhibit and implications for education today. Clinical Presentation for the An Evening with the Race & Revolution Exhibit, Stamford, Connecticut.

Kohan, M. (2016, April). Introduction to multicultural education. Conference on Equity and Human Rights Education (for high school partners). Storrs, Connecticut.

Kohan, Mark, (2016, April). Purposes and practices of multicultural education. German Fulbright Teacher Professional Development. Storrs, Connecticut.

Love, B., Elementz, & Teaching for Hope & Justice Network. (2013, October). Social justice & the sociopolitical identities of youth in education. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Teaching for Hope & Justice Network (2013, March). Confronting race, politics, and discrimination in american schools. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and UC Teachers College. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kohan, M. & Hughes High School Freedom Writers. (2012, November). Supporting student voice through freedom writer activities. Wordplay. Cincinnati, Ohio

Teaching for Hope & Justice Network. (October, 2012). Examining oppression in the world: How students and schools can become modern-day freedom fighters. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hughes High School Freedom Writers, Kohan, M. & Altus, J. (2012, September). Cincinnati freedom writer methods. Mayerson Student Service & Leadership Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kohan, M. & Raider-Roth, M. (2012, February). A reason to remember: Re-viewing the holocaust. Teaching for Hope & Justice workshop series. Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education. Cincinnati, Ohio.


Mark Kohan
Contact Information
Phone860 486 2848
Mailing AddressUnit 3064
Office LocationGentry 432