Marcelo Diversi, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Development
I have been a faculty member in the Department of Human Development at WSUV since August of 2006. My scholarship has focused on examining and deconstructing narratives of Us versus Them that have historically been used to exclude and dominate the Other. I have attempted to trouble the colonialist ideologies behind much of knowledge production about the Other, while interrogating dominant narratives of “deviance” and “free will.” I have tried to do so by advancing ethnographic narratives that highlight the encounter between researcher and collaborators (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 Other people’s lives. The central goal of my scholarship is to expose the social structures and mechanisms that officially justify exclusionary ideologies, policies, and practices, while also sharing ideas on how to more toward a more inclusive and kind world to more beings. 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, 1998
- Master’s in Sports Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1993
- BA in Education/Physical Education, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, 1989