Roland Coloma (gr4674)

University information

Title: Professor
Unit: Deans Office Education
Department: College of Education

Contact information

College of Education

Phone: (313) 577-0953
Degrees and Certifications:
  • Ph.D., Cultural Studies in Education & Minor in African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., Cultural Studies in Education, The Ohio State University
  • Teaching Credential, English (CLAD), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • M.A., Educational Administration, University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., Liberal Studies, University of California, Riverside
Title: Professor, Teacher Education
Academic Interests:
  • urban and global education
  • curriculum studies, teacher education, and policy
  • race, class, gender, sexuality, and intersectionality
  • empire, diaspora, and transnationalism
  • cultural studies, history, and post-critical theories
  • Filipino/a/x, Asian American, and Asian Canadian studies
Office Hours:

Office Hours: by appointment


Leadership in Academic Organizations

  • President - American Educational Studies Association [AESA] (2018-19)
    Immediate Past President (2019-20), President-elect and Program Chair (2017-18), Vice President (2016-17), Nomination Committee (2023)
  • Program Co-Chair, Division G: Social Context of Education - American Educational Research Association [AERA] (2018-20)
  • Editor - Educational Studies journal (2014-17)
  • Program Chair, Division F: History and Historiography - AERA (2009-11)
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Postcolonial Studies and Education SIG - AERA (2006-09)

Previous Administrative Experience

  • Assistant Dean - Division of Teacher Education, Wayne State University
  • Chair - Department of Teacher Education, Northern Kentucky University
  • Chair - Department of Teacher Education, Miami University (Ohio)
  • Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator - Department of Social Justice Education, OISE University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Co-Director - Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, OISE University of Toronto (Canada)

Other Prior Employment

  • Teacher, English - Los Angeles High School, Baldwin Park High School, and Ramona High School (California)
  • Coordinator, Asian Pacific Student Programs Office - University of California, Riverside

Office Location:

267 College of Education

  • Best Edited Collection in Canadian Studies Prize for the Asian Canadian Studies Reader (with Gordon Pon) - Canadian Studies Network / Reseau d'etudes canadiennes (2019)
  • Distinguished Service to Education and Community Award - National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (2018)
  • Distinguished Scholar Award - Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans SIG, American Educational Research Association (2017)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award - Black Faculty and Staff Association, Northern Kentucky University (2017)
  • Visiting Scholar - University of Sydney, Australia (2016)
  • Article of the Year Award - Queer Studies SIG, American Educational Research Association (2015)
Total External Funding = $3.1M as Principal Investigator + $212K as Co-Investigator
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Preparing Equity Warriors: Creating Pipelines to Organize for Change ($750,000 | 2024-27 | National Education Association), Co-P.I.: Annette Christiansen, Michigan Education Association 
  • Principal Investigator, Southeast Michigan Pipeline for Next Generation of Diverse Teachers ($58,000 | 2023-24 | Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Project MITTEN 2.0 planning grant (2023-24 | $10,000 | National Education Association), Co-P.I.: Annette Christiansen, Michigan Education Association
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Detroit STEM Education Initiative ($263,797 | 2023-24 | General Motors), website | Co-P.I.: Jennifer Lewis, Wayne State University
  • Co-Investigator, Moments & Movements: Challenging Asian American Invisibility in Racial Justice in K-12 Education ($50,000 | 2022-24 | Spencer Foundation), P.I.: Dr. Betina Hsieh, CSU Long Beach
  • Principal Investigator, Project MITTEN: Michigan Initiative to Transform Educational and Equity Networks ($675,000 | 2021-24 | National Education Association) website
  • Principal Investigator, Shifting Urban Narratives: Youth Civic Engagement and America's Future (2020-21) | $140,000 | Schultz Family Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Competition) website | Vimeo: How Storytelling Effects Change
  • Co-Investigator, "Increased Equity and Access for Urban Educators" ($32,000 | 2020-22 | Community Telecommunications Network), P.I.: Katie Baleja, Wayne State University
  • Principal Investigator, “Metro Detroit Teaching Residency for Urban Excellence (TRUE) Project” ($1,111,126 | 2019-24 | U.S. Department of Education, Teacher Quality Partnership)
  • Principal Investigator, “From Grief to Grievance: Asian Canadian Demands to the Government” ($39,869 | 2010-13 | Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [SSHRC] Research Development Initiatives Grant)
  • Principal Investigator, “Spectres of In/visibility: Filipina/o Lives in Canada” ($16,512 | 2009-11 | SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences)
Community Engagement Activities:
  • Organizing Committee, Educators Rising Conference & Competition, Michigan Education Association and Wayne State University (2023-present)
  • Advisory Board, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Michigan State University (2023-present)
  • Commissioner, Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (2020-24)


  • Coloma, R.S., & Rhee, J. (Eds.). (2022). Diversity, democracy, and social justice in education. Elsevier. (Volume 2 of International encyclopedia of education, 4th edition)
  • Coloma, R.S., & Pon, G. (Eds.). (2017). Asian Canadian studies reader. University of Toronto Press.
  • Coloma, R.S., McElhinny, B., Tungohan, E., Catungal, J.P., & Davidson, L. (Eds.). (2012). Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing invisibility. University of Toronto Press.
  • Coloma, R.S. (Ed.). (2009). Postcolonial challenges in education. Peter Lang.

Journal Articles (since 2018)

  • Yu, M., Coloma, R. S., Sun, W., & Kwon, J. (in press). Dissecting anti-Asian racism through a historical and transnational AsianCrit lens. Sociological Inquiry.
  • Coloma, R. S., Brewster, W., Christiansen, A., Fancher, M. P., Hayes, C., Johnson, L., Matias, C. E., Wotruba, D., Baker, M., Campbell, N., Kubitskey, B., & Tapp, A. R. (2023). Critical race theory in schools?: The struggle for a more inclusive curriculum. Thresholds in Education, 46(1), 8-32.
  • Coloma, R. S., Chang, S., Rice, M. F., Mui, R., Ocomen, K., Rao, N., McKeithen–Polish, S., Desai, M., & Palepu, K. (2022). Beyond model minority: Asian American history in Michigan’s K–12 schools. The Great Lakes Social Studies Journal, 2(2), 27–32.
  • Hamdan, S., & Coloma, R. S. (2022). Assessing teachers' cultural competency. Journal of Educational Foundations, 35(1), 108-128.
  • Coloma, R. S., Hsieh, B., Poon, O., Chang, S., Choimorrow, S.Y., Kulkarni, M.P., Meng, G., Patel, L., & Tintiangco-Cubales, A. (2021). Reckoning with anti-Asian violence: Racial grief, visionary organizing, and educational responsibility. Educational Studies, 57(4), 378-394.
  • Coloma, R. S. (2020). Decolonizing urban education. Educational Studies, 56(1), 1-17.
  • Coloma, R. S. (2020). Unresolved feelings: Notes on pleasure and pain from an accidental educator. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 33(6), 649-662.
  • Hepburn, S., & Coloma, R. S. (2019). Ageing transmigrants and the decolonisation of life course. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 38(1), 48-66.
  • Coloma, R. S. (2018). Setting theory to work in history of education. History of Education Review, 47(1), 40-53.
  • Coloma, R. S. (2018). Queering Asian Canada: Troubling family, generation, and community. Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, 4(1-2), 89-113.

Book Chapters (since 2018)

  • Duran, A., & Coloma, R. S. (2023). Queer joy as an affective incitement to queer and trans studies in education. In A. Duran, K. K. Strunk, & R. Schey (Eds.), Bridging the rainbow gap: Possibilities and tensions in queer and trans studies in education (pp. 109–124). Brill.
  • Coloma, R. S. (2023). “The struggle continues …”: On the cruel optimism of LGBT organizing. In M. F. Manalansan IV, R. Diaz, & R. Tolentino (Eds.), Beauty and brutality: Manila and its global discontents (pp. 220–242). Temple University Press.
  • Coloma, R. S., & Rhee, J.–e. (2022). Introduction: Struggling against virus of hate. In R. S. Coloma & J.–e. Rhee (Eds.), Diversity, democracy, and social justice in education. Elsevier.

Creative Works

  • Coloma, R. S., Reynolds, A. D., & Crowley, C. B. (Curators & Directors). (2021). They didn’t know we were seeds: Detroit tales of resilience (film, exhibition, and virtual gallery). website

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Coloma, R. S. (2022). LGBTQ rights movement, Filipina/x/o American. In K. L. Y. Nadal, A. Tintiangco–Cubales, & E. J. R. David (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American studies. SAGE.
  • Coloma, R. S. (2021). Decolonizing approaches. In K. K. Strunk & S. A. Shelton (Eds.), Encyclopedia of queer studies in education (pp. 144–147). Brill.
  • Coloma, R. S. (2021). Queer archives. In K. K. Strunk & S. A. Shelton (Eds.), Encyclopedia of queer studies in education (pp. 490–493). Brill.

 Book Review

  • Coloma, R. S. (in press). A blueprint for educational criticism through Edward W. Said. Review of the book Edward Said and Education, by Z. Leonardo. Review of Education, Pedagody, and Cultural Studies.
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