Faculty Bio

Colette Cann

Associate Professor of Education and Chair of Education

Colette N. Cann is an Associate Professor of Education and Africana Studies at Vassar College.

Professor Cann earned her B.A. from Stanford University.  She completed both her M.A. in Policy, Organization, Measurement and Evaluation and her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies at the Graduate School of Education at U.C. Berkeley.  Prior to coming to Vassar College, she taught in U.C. Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute (PLI), a program that trains and mentors Bay Area school leaders.  She has also worked as a math teacher, academic advisor and coordinator for youth programs at the middle and high school levels and has supervised and taught in teacher education programs.

Professor Cann writes and teaches in the areas of critical race theory, media and race, urban education, community-college partnerships, intergroup dialogue in higher education, and racial identity development and racism in higher education.  She is the co-author of Reflections from the Field (IAP, 2013).  Her work has been published in journals such as Urban Education, Journal of Peace Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies, Journal of Transformative Leadership and Policy Studies, and Mentoring and Tutoring Journal and she has been invited to write for edited volumes published by Teachers College Press and IAP.  At Vassar College, she is also a member of the Africana Studies program and faculty advisor of the student-empowered Vassar College Dialogue Center.