Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Allison Anders


Given the orienting complexities of how race is developed, experienced, performed, and understood, the author argues that a phenomenological approach to uncovering what makes a racial orientation might provide a better understanding of the role of consciousness, the body, and history in race relations. Incorporating knowledges of critical race theory (CRT) and critical whiteness studies (CWS), the author aims to pivot sociological discussions about race into the phenomenological field where racial orientations can be understood from another dimension. Specifically, the author offers as an additional theoretical framework in the form of a phenomenological methodology for pedagogies addressing race and issues of access, difference, and outcomes. The hope is that a phenomenological perspective will expand our knowledge and forms of engagement with race and racism in new ways.


© 2024, Nicholas Mazur

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