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USD Professor Discusses Critical Social Justice Theory and Implicit Bias on Credit Hour Podcast

Credit Hour Voices Amplified graphic for Critical Social Justice and Implicit Bias episode Dyanis Popova, Ph.D., explores topics such as critical social justice theory, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and implicit bias in this episode of Voices Amplified.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s podcast, Credit Hour, interviewed Dyanis Popova, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the USD School of Education, as part of its ongoing series, “Voices Amplified,” exploring issues involving race such as critical social justice theory, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and implicit bias.

“We're not really aware of a lot of prejudices because they are built into society. We refer to these prejudices as implicit biases,” said Popova. “The way that we frame our ideas or worldviews are centered on our upbringing and our experiences. We have to realize that everything around us shapes who we are and how we see the world. Our prejudices, or our biases, are a reflection of the attitudes and the stereotypes that affect our understandings, our worldviews, our actions and our decisions.”

Popova obtained her bachelor's degree in international studies, master’s degree in education and doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech University. Through her research, she explores the sociocultural contexts of learning, indigenous and endarkened methodologies, critical autoethnography, implicit bias, and the intersections of privilege, power and social justice.

Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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