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


Dr. Kohan is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Connecticut. He focuses on critical multicultural education in public education and in teacher leadership. He serves as the Faculty Director of the Human Rights and Action House and as affiliate faculty of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the Human Rights Institute. Much of this work consists of co-generating experiential learning opportunities as well as grassroots organizing and professional development efforts grounded in the Arts, decolonizing pedagogies, and principles of action research. His current efforts involve collaborations with the Akomawt Educational Initiative, Just Experience, Leadership in Diversity (L.I.D.), and school partners across multiple districts and UConn campuses.


2018 Initiative on Campus Dialogues Fellowship, UConn Humanities Institute, Unsettling Connecticut/Quinnehtukqut

2017 Initiative on Campus Dialogue Fellowship, UConn Humanities Institute, Togetherness through Decolonization

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

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Kohan, M. (2019). Story as an organizing and inquiry tool for action research partnerships committed to social justice and educational change. In C.A. Metler (Ed.), Handbook of action research in education. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Kohan, M., Kaufman, D., Bernard, C., Mitoma, G. T. (2018). Where’s the love? Neoliberal marginalization and the edTPA. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Annual Conference, Memphis, TN.

Kohan, M., Newell, C., Fuller, K., & Payne, S. (2017). Museum-university partnerships to re-imagine multicultural education as a human right. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT.

Payne, S. & Kohan, M. (2017). Re-imagining multicultural assessment through a critical service learning course. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT.

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.


Professional Development Workshops Created/Conducted:

Kohan, M. (2018, September/October). Encounters dialogue series: Treaty of Hartford. Facilitator. UConn Initiative on Campus Dialogues. Hartford & Storrs, CT.

Kohan, M. (2018, September). Human rights and action learning community retreat. Coordinator and Facilitator. UConn-Hartford and Human Rights Rally at the Capitol.

Kohan, M. (2018, May). Session Facilitator. Kidspeak Conference, UConn Law, Hartford, CT.

Kohan, M. (2018, April). Power, privilege, and public education advocacy video expo. Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT.

Kohan, M. (2018, February). School and community implications from the film, 13th. Guest Presenter/Panelist, Tolland Public School stakeholders. Tolland Public Library.

Kohan, M. (2017, December). Write to identity. Connecticut Human Rights and Youth Action Summit, Storrs, CT.

Kane, B., Kohan, M., Mitoma, G. & O’Rourke, P. (2017, December). Still together: Dialogue for Interconnectedness. Storrs, CT.

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 Professional Development, Storrs, Connecticut.

Kohan, M. (2016, November). Exploring the ‘race and revolution’ exhibit and implications for education today. 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 University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio.

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