Danielle Apugo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning

Danielle Apugo, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in urban education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, University of Texas-Arlington
  • B.A. in secondary education, Northwestern State University

Research interests

Use of culture, relationships, and intellectual traditions as everyday forms of resistance to disrupt and navigate oppressive institutional structures in K-12 and beyond; race and gender dynamics in schools; criminalization of Black girls in K-12 schools; Black women teachers; rural and urban contexts; application of critical theory to the everyday lived experiences of Black folx; aesthetic trauma in K-12 schools; ethic of African centered healing practices for Black girls in K-12 schools; nexus of critical theory, digitized resistance, and popular culture in the lives of Black women and girls.


Dr. Apugo is an educator, storyteller, scholar-activist and an assistant professor of urban education at the University of the District of Columbia. Apugo explores the educational experiences, epistemologies, culture, resistance and intellectual uprising of black women and girls within the United States. She joins SOE as a visiting iCubed scholar researching methods toward disrupting criminalization in education. She is a past recipient of the Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award by the National Council of Teachers of English.

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