Eric Toshalis
Assistant Professor of Education


  • Behavior
  • Engagement
  • Student-centered education

Eric Toshalis believes public education tends to reproduce rather than remedy social inequity. His research explores student resistance in the classroom—how it leads to problematic disciplinary policies that fall along uneven racial lines, and how teachers can engage with resistance rather than attempting to quash it. Toshalis investigates factors that promote the academic success and psychosocial flourishing of both students and teachers, paying particular attention to teacher-student disciplinary interactions and processes of identity formation. He completed his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2007, and served as assistant professor of secondary education at California State University, Channel Islands from 2007 to 2011. His new book, “Make Me,” explores ways of engaging student resistance in the classroom. It was published by Harvard University Press in 2015.