Fikile Nxumalo (Ph.D., University of Victoria) is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is also affiliated faculty (by courtesy) in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program. Her scholarship focuses on reconceptualizing place-based and environmental education within current times of ecological precarity. This scholarship, which is published in journals including Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Environmental Humanities, is rooted in perspectives from Indigenous knowledges, Black feminist geographies, and posthumanist theories.
Drawing from her experience as a pedagogical facilitator in early learning settings, Fikile is also interested in participatory and action-oriented research approaches with in-service early childhood educators. Fikile is passionate about inquiry-based curriculum in early childhood education, which is the focus of her co-authored book Journeys: Reconceptualizing early childhood practices through pedagogical narration (University of Toronto Press, 2014).