The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

My Accent, Myself: Transforming Liabilities Related to Otherness into Assets

Revital Zilonka


As an international doctoral student, the author is reflecting on her relationships with her privileged status back home as well as her evolving ongoing struggles with her otherness while living, studying, and teaching in the United States. As a racial and cultural hybrid instructor, the author portrays three relevant factors. First, she examines her pedagogy and relationships with the students she teaches. Next, she explores the way her otherness is portrayed in the classroom. Lastly, she investigates the various facets of being a non-U.S. American female scholar in social, public, and academic spaces. 


social justice education; otherness; culture,;critical pedagogy; borderlands

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