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Washington State University

Marcelo Diversi

Marcelo Diversi

Professor 360-546-9170 McClaskey 230, Vancouver 14204 NE SALMON CREEK AVE

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Ph.D. Human and Community Development, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Master’s in Sports Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A. Education/Physical Education, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

Areas of Emphasis

  • Decolonizing epistemologies
  • Politics of interpretation and representation in the social sciences
  • Ethnography of street youth

Recent Publications


Cunningham, M., & Diversi, M. (book proposal under review). Aging out: Youth’s stories of the    transition out of foster care [working title]. NASW Press.

Diversi, M., & Moreira, C. (2018). Betweener autoethnographies: A path toward social justice.     New York: Routledge.

Diversi, M., & Moreira, C. (2009). Betweener talk: Decolonizing knowledge production, pedagogy, and praxis. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
Winner of the National Communication Association, Division of Ethnography, 2010 Book of Year Award

Peer-reviewed Publications (selected)
(* indicates student collaboration)

Diversi, M. (in press). Tightrope walking: Songs for political protest and healing. In N. K. Denzin & J. Salvo (Eds.), New Directions for Theorizing in Qualitative Inquiry, Myers     Education Press.

Diversi, M. (in press). Tenure in times of polarized politics and systemic defunding of public           universities. International Review of Qualitative Research.

Wyatt, J., & Diversi, M. (2019). Doing justice. International Review of Qualitative Research, 12, 1-4.

Diversi, M., & Moreira, C. (2019).  Authoethnography as acts of resistance against narratives of hatred. Qualitative Inquiry, 25(6), 544-546.

Rodgers, K., Tarimo*, P., McGuire, J., & Diversi, M. (2018). Motives, barriers, and ways of communicating in mother-daughter sexuality communication: A qualitative study of college women in Tanzania. Sex Education, 18, 626-639.

Roulette, J., Hill, L., Diversi, M., & Overath, I. (2017). Cultural adaptations of the Strengthening Families Program 10-14: A qualitative evaluation. Health Education, 76(2), 169-181.

Diversi, M., & Moreira, C. (2016). Performing betweener autoethnographies against persistent Us/Them essentializing: Learning on a Freirean pedagogy of hope. Qualitative Inquiry, 22(7), 581-587.

Diversi, M. (2016). The ever-shifting excuses for demonizing Black people in America. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, 16(3), 245-252.

Giardina, M., Denzin, N., Brinkmann, S., Diversi, M., Mendoza, M., Poulos, C., & St. Pierre, E. (2015). A Conversation about the Past, Present, and Future of Qualitative Inquiry. In N.K. Denzin & M.D. Giardina (Eds.), Qualitative Inquiry – Past, Present, and Future. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Diversi, M. (2014). Damming the Amazon: The postcolonial march of the wicked West. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, 14(3), 242-246.

Moreira, C., & Diversi, M. (2014). The coin will continue to fly: Dismantling the myth of the Lone Expert. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, 14(4), 298-302.

Diversi, M., & Moreira, C. (2013). Real world: Classrooms as decolonizing sites against neoliberal narratives of the Other. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies,13, 469-473.

Lewis, P., Montgomery, H. M., Campbell, C., Ritenburg, H., & Diversi, M. (2013). Initiating a new story. International Review of Qualitative Research, 6, 478-486.

Cunningham, M., & Diversi, M. (2013). Aging out: Youths’ perspectives on foster care and the transition to independence. Qualitative Social Work12, 587-602.

Diversi, M., & Moreira, C. (2013). Migrant stories: Searching for healing in autoethnographies of Diaspora. To appear in M. Weems (Ed.), Writings of healing and resistance: Empathy and the imagination intellect (pp. 135-146), Cultural Critique Series. New York: Peter Lang Publisher.

Moreira, C., & Diversi, M. (2012). Betweeners speak up: Challenging knowledge production through collaborative writing and visceral knowledge in decolonizing times. International Review of Qualitative Research, 5, 399-406.

Diversi, M., & Moreira, C. (2012). Decolonizing constructions of childhood and history: Interrupting narratives of avoidance to children’s questions about social injustice. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 25(2), 189-203.

Diversi, M., & Henhawk, D. (2012). Indigenous qualitative inquiry: (Re)Awakening, together, from a long colonizing slumber. International Review of Qualitative Research, 5, 51-72.

Moreira, C, & Diversi, M. (2011).  Missing bodies: Troubling the colonial landscape of American academia. Text and Performance Quarterly, 31, 229-248. Winner of the National Communication Association, Division of Ethnography, 2012 Best Journal Article Award

Moreira, C., & Diversi, M. (2010). When janitors dare to become scholars: A betweeners’ view of the politics of knowledge production from decolonizing street-corners. International Review of Qualitative Research, 2, 457-474.

Special Issues (Invited Guest Editor)

Wyatt, J., & Diversi, M. (2019). Brexit, Trump, and the rise of the global Right (Invited Guest Editors). International Review of Qualitative Research, 12.