Fikile Nxumalo

Assistant Professor, College of Education at University of Texas, Austin

Fikile Nxumalo is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also affiliated faculty with African and African Diaspora Studies, and

Native American and Indigenous Studies. Fikile’s research and pedagogical interests arecentered on environmental and place-attuned early childhood studies that are situated within and

responsive to uneven anthropogenic and settler coloniainheritances.

This scholarship, which is published in journals including Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Children’s Geographies and Environmental Humanities, is rooted in perspectives from Indigenous knowledges, Black feminist geographies, and posthumanist theories. Drawing from her experience as a pedagogista in early learning settings, Fikile is also interested in participatory and action-oriented approaches for supporting in-service

early childhood educators in engaging social and environmental justice oriented pedagogies. She can be reached at