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Chanika Coleman-King

Chonika Coleman-King, PhD

Assistant Professor, Urban Multicultural Education


Chonika Coleman-King is an assistant professor of urban-multicultural education at the University of Tennessee. She earned a BS in elementary education from 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, Coleman-King has worked with preservice 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, she 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 racial identity development and school success; and the racial and ethnic socialization experiences of Caribbean immigrant children and youth. She recently published the book The (Re-)Making of a Black American: Tracing the Racial and Ethnic Socialization of Caribbean American Youth.


Curriculum Vitae

Chanika Coleman-King

Contact Information

  • A415 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-0443
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