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Kevin Lam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Urban and Diversity Education Director of the Social Justice in Urban Education Concentration

Contact Information

Phone: 515.271.2324
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311


B.A., University of California-Los Angeles

M.A., California State University-Los Angeles

Ph.D., University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana

Honors & Professional Memberships


  • 2016 Critics’ Choice Book Award Recipient, American Educational Studies Association
  • 2013 Committee on Scholars of Color in Education, Early Career Scholars Fellow, American Educational Research Association

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Studies Association
  • American Educational Research Association

Areas of Expertise

  • Vietnamese/Asian American Youth
  • Youth Violence
  • Critical Theories of Racism
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Urban Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Economy

Courses Taught

  • Critical Theory and Pedagogy (independent study)
  • Critical Theories of Racism (independent study)
  • Applications for Teaching in Urban Schools
  • Cultural Proficiency II
  • Cultural Proficiency I
  • Urban Education and Immigration (honors)
  • Social Context of Urban Schools (honors)
  • Youth, Culture, and Society (honors)
  • Foundations of Education
  • Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
SOE News
February 22, 2018
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has publicly reaffirmed accreditation of Drake University for an additional 10 years.