Dena R. Samuels, PhD is a sociologist specializing in race, gender, sexuality and social justice curriculum development. She is an Assistant Professor in Women's and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, and received the university's Outstanding Instructor Award. She has also earned a Certificate of Achievement for Advancing Campus Diversity. Among her many publications in the pedagogy of social justice, she is co-editor of the anthology, The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and author of Teaching Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality (McGraw-Hill, 2009), a teaching guide that accompanies this volume.
In addition to her consulting firm: Dena Samuels Consulting, she is a Senior Consultant of Diversity Services for UCCS' Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion. Samuels provides seminars and consultation to schools, campuses, and organizations nationally and internationally on the processes of integrating diversity and building inclusiveness.