Nini Hayes

Assistant Professor


Nini Hayes (pronouns: they/them/their/Professor Hayes/Dr. Hayes) was born and raised in Washington and is a first-generation college student. They are an alumna of Huxley’s Environmental Education program ’03. They earned a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University and taught 5th grade for several years before returning to graduate school where they earned an Educational Specialist degree in Social Justice Education and a doctorate in Teacher Education and School Improvement. After graduate school, they did a one-year post-doc at a college in Poughkeepsie, NY and then one year on the tenure-track before beginning at Huxley. 

Research Interests

  • Critical environmental education
  • Critical teacher education
  • Social justice education
  • Teachers and students of color 
  • Critical race theory. 


[Forthcoming] Hayes, N., Velez, V. & Calderon, D. (2020). Fugitivity within the university as first- generation faculty of color: Cultivating an undercommons. Rutgers Press.

Sapra, S., Hayes, N. & De La Cruz, S. (2020). Laboring in line with our values: Lessons learned in the struggle to unionize. In A. Palko, J. Wagman & S. Sapra (Eds.), From surviving to thriving: Feminist responses to the neoliberalization of the academy (pp. 85-109). Rowman.

Maloney, T., Hayes, N., Crawford-Garrett, K. & Sassi, K. (2019). Preparing and Supporting Teachers for Equity and Racial Justice: Creating Collective, Co-Constructed, Intergenerational Spaces. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 41(4-5), 252-281.

Hayes, N. & Yang, K.W. (2019). Decouple your train, or how schools of teacher education might yet resist white supremacy. In J. Gorlewski & E. Tuck (Eds.), Who decides who Becomes a teacher?: Schools of education as sites of resistance (pp. 140-158). Routledge.

Hayes, N. (2016). Satire as an Educative Tool for Critical Pedagogy in the Public Affairs Classroom. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 38(4), 251-266.

Turner, K. C. N., Hayes, N. V., & Way, K. (2013). Critical Multimodal Hip Hop Production: A Social Justice Approach to African American Language and Literacy Practices. Equity & Excellence in Education, 46(3), 342-354.