Chonika Coleman-King serves as Assistant Professor of Urban-Multicultural Education in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from the Pennsylvania State University prior to serving as an elementary school teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland.She later earned her MS in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland and a PhD in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania.
Over the last several years, Chonika has worked with pre-service teachers and teacher interns, preparing them to teach in urban classrooms that serve racially, linguistically, and ethnically diverse populations. She has also worked as a consultant to independent private schools and public schools that seek to improve the academic success of Black students by understanding the role race and culture play in school experiences and student-teacher interactions. Over the last several years, Chonika has been engaged in research projects that examine multimodal literacy practices across home, school, and community spaces; the design and implementation of curricular interventions that promote healthy racially identity development and school success; and the racial and ethnic socialization experiences of Caribbean immigrant children and youth. She recently published a book entitled, The (Re-)Making of a Black American: Tracing the Racial and Ethnic Socialization of Caribbean American Youth.