Nandi Crosby, Ph.D.

Outstanding Teacher Award, 2015
Department of Sociology, Multicultural & Gender Studies

Alice Walker said, ‘Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.’ I live by these words every time I step into the classroom.
A charismatic teacher who prefers active learning to instruction by PowerPoint, sociology and multicultural and gender studies Professor Nandi Crosby uses pop culture and current media to challenge students’ assumptions and push them past easy answers or personal opinions.

Crosby’s passion for social justice is evident in the several books she’s published, including This Side of My Struggle, a collection of stories from prisoners about their incarceration. She also serves outside the classroom, advising a multicultural sorority, and mentoring first-generation college students through Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs (REACH). When asked, she explains her philosophy this way: “Justice is what love looks like in public.”