Darius Prier

Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Associate Professor
School of Education
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

101D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4470


Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Miami University, 2009
M.P.A., Public Administration, Wright State University, 2001
B.A., Political Science (major); African American Studies (minor), Wright State University, 1999

Darius Prier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, School of Education, Duquesne University. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Prier has played an integral role in developing social justice criteria for the university's Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. The social justice framework in the program guides the curriculum structure for how doctoral students think about approaching their problem of practice in schools, the academy, and the community. He has over a decade of experience in building leverage and capacity between higher education, urban public schools, and community based settings for underrepresented students of color. In addition, Prier has designed and developed curriculums for pre-college transition programs and youth centers in urban communities. He frequently gives presentations at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Educational Studies Association (AESA), and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).


Prier's research agenda examines cultural contexts that connect teaching and learning with popular culture in relation to race, class, gender, culture, and community. In postmodern context, he draws upon critical youth research, centering students' critical street narratives to challenge educators to rethink where "public education" can happen, and the political and empowering purposes to which Black popular culture can serve social justice ends for youth in urban education. Prier is currently working on a research project that analyzes the role of multiple, critical hip-hop learning communities in developing leadership capacity and potential of urban youth.


Prier, D.D. (2012). Culturally relevant teaching: Hip-Hop pedagogy in urban schools. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Prier, D.D. (2012). Public Enemies: Reconstructing the "Problem" of Black Masculinity in
Urban Schools. In B.J. Porfilio & M. Viola (Eds.), Hip-Hop(e): The cultural practice and
critical pedagogy of international hip-hop. New York: Peter Lang Inc.

Prier, D.D. (2010). Hip-Hop as a counter-public space of resistance for Black Male Youth. In B. J. Porfilio & P. R. Carr (Eds.), Youth culture, education and resistance: Subverting the commercial ordering of life. Sense Publishers.

Prier, D.D. & Beachum, F.D. (2008). Conceptualizing a critical discourse around hip-hop
culture and Black male youth in educational scholarship and research. International
Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 21 (5), 519-535.

Prier, D. (2006). A relevant black male curriculum. Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, 19 (3), 25-26.

Professional Affiliations
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)
American Educational Studies Association (AESA)

Introduction to the Teaching Profession (LTFL 101)

Ethics, Education, and the Teaching Profession (LTFL 102)

Education and Social Justice (LTFL 204)

Multicultural Education (GFDE 503)

Education and Social Justice (PDEL 702)