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Marcelo Diversi's Research Site Department of Human Development

Marcelo Diversi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
of Human Development


Human Development
Phone: 360-546-9170
Office: VMCB 230
Support Staff: Sarah Pimentel

I have been a faculty member in the Department of Human Development at WSUV since August of 2006. My scholarship has focused on youth growing up at dehumanizing margins of democratic societies, from children living in the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to undocumented Latino youth in northern Utah, to homeless and foster youth in Clark County. My work attempts to disrupt the reductionist and essentializing representations of disenfranchised youth in the mainstream social sciences, mostly based on fragments of lived experience fabricated by the technologies of justification—the so-called (logical-positivistic) methodologies. While logical-positivism has been crucial in our attempt to move from dogma to Enlightenment-based notions of rationality, critical thinking, and equality, it continues to be used as the single-story about human experience within the social sciences. Thus, in addition to deconstructing dominant narratives of “deviance” and “free will,” I have attempted to trouble the colonialist ideologies behind much of knowledge production about the Other. I have tried to do so by advancing ethnographic narratives that highlight the encounter between researcher and youth (as opposed to the traditional detached observation and description of the Other from “everywhere”), and narratives that invite the reader to see themselves, even if ever fleetingly, in these youth’s situations. The central goal of my scholarship is not to tell the academic and public communities who these marginalized youth are, but to expose the social structures and mechanisms that officially justify the exclusionary practices that shape and inform these youth’s experience of the world. I am interested in working with undergraduate and graduate students who want to become life-long knowledge seekers and who embrace human rights notions of unconditional inclusiveness.

  •  PhD in Human and Community Development, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  •  Master’s in Sports Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  •  BA in Education/Physical Education, Universidade Estadual de Campinas,

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