Personal profile


Michael Joseph Viola is an Assistant Professor at Saint Mary's College of California in the Justice, Community & Leadership (JCL) program and an advisory board member and affiliate faculty in the Ethnic Studies program.  He earned a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in urban schooling from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Broadly speaking, his research is informed by the interdisciplinary fields of critical educational studies (e.g. critical pedagogy, critical race theory, popular education), ethnic studies, feminist standpoint theory, and critical globalization studies.  His most recent publications have appeared in such journals as Race, Ethnicity and Education, the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Journal of Critical Educational Policy Studies, and Kritika Kultura.  His co-edited book on global hip hop titled, Hip-Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop (Peter Lang) received the Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. 

He is currently working on a book project that examines Filipino/a American activism and solidarities from 1965 to present.

Contact Information

Phone: (925) 631-4817

Related documents

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate School of Education, PhD, Urban Schooling, University of California, Los Angeles

… → 2012

MPA, Public Administration, University of Oregon

… → 2006

MA International Studies, University of Oregon

… → 2006

BS, Community and Regional Development with minor in Religious Studies, University of California, Davis

… → 2001

External positions

Core Faculty, Liberal Studies Program, Antioch University Seattle

Jan 1 2012Jan 1 2015

Executive Director, Youth Media Institute

Jan 1 2011Jan 1 2012

Affiliate Faculty, Southeast Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

… → Jan 1 2014

Research Interests

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Philippine Diaspora
  • Asian and Filipino/a American Studies
  • Transnational Social Movements and Activism
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Feminist Standpoint Theory
  • Knowledge and Cultural Production


  • Ethnic Studies
  • Leadership Studies