Hi! My name is Priya J. Shah, and I’ve been teaching since 2009. I am passionate about engaging people in conversations about the worlds in which we live. I do not believe that anything is inevitable or pre-determined, but rather that our societies, cultures, environments, discourses, and behaviors shape who we are and how others understand and relate to us. I have found feminist theory to be an incredible tool to help us critically gauge the messages we are given everyday about who we should be and how we should live our lives, as well as begin to lay the foundations to change inequality, oppression, and fight for social justice. But like any tool, it is not perfect. It needs to be honed and reshaped through collaborative work – in the classroom and online. Office hours have always been one of my favorite elements of teaching because it provides a space for honesty, transparency, and dialogue. Come to office hours and share your thoughts!