Darius Prier

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 (Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Miami University, Oxford, 2009) is an associate professor for the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education. In addition, he serves as the current Chair for the School of Education Faculty Council. Prier uses prophetic criticism as an intellectual and methodological practice for interrogating transdisciplinary approaches to educational leadership within their moral, political, and social justice contexts. Dr. Prier uses popular culture (e.g. media, film, news, music, memoir, sports, etc.) as a cultural site by which the cultural production, reading, and evaluation of innovative practices in educational leadership might take shape. For educational leaders, prophetic criticism challenges traditional Western-based discourses, works across and between multiple theories/disciplines/cultural sites, and advocates for cross coalition building across and between diverse communities.


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)