Sonya Shah, MFA, holds a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a Jacob Javits fellow.
She teaches by layering innovative pedagogies such as critical, transformative, collaborative and integral learning. Her interests lie in restorative justice, conflict transformation, the study of violence and nonviolent social movements and critical pedagogy.
Sonya Shah is also a senior facilitator at the National Association of Media Arts and Culture and runs a group at San Quentin with the Insight Prison Project. Her most recent essays have been published in The Alembic and Sou'wester. She has produced programming for KQED Public Radio and Television in San Francisco. Her documentary, Khmer Barbee (formerly Something between Her Hands) is distributed by the National Film Network and has screened in over seventy film festivals, conferences and colleges.