Dr. Hunt has been an educator for over 25 years, Dr. Valerie Hunt has devoted her professional career providing equity and access to education for marginalized and minoritized communities. She is a first-generation graduate who grew up in the Jim Crow South. Dr. Hunt’s personal philosophy is that the purpose of education holds a moral imperative to act—individually, with community and systemically. ‘We educators have a moral obligation to equip ourselves, our students and our society in order, as Dr. King states, “to achieve the legitimate goals of [our] lives.”’ Dr. Hunt engages evidence and art as liberatory praxis by connecting scholarship and community activism.
Her research interests include state-society-sovereignty dynamics, and relationships between newcomers (immigrants), old-timers (citizens) and indigenous peoples. Dr. Hunt is interested in exploring how communities keep their members and the state accountable to each other.