Noah Karvelis is a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Previously, he worked as an elementary music teacher, community organizer and union president in Phoenix, Arizona. While teaching in Phoenix, Noah also co-founded the organization Arizona Educators United which, alongside the state union, led the 2018 teacher strike in Arizona.
Noah's research is focused upon examining the social contexts, histories, and epistemologies informing teacher activism and critical pedagogy in order to understand the possibilities and limits of such practices. In doing so, his research seeks to not only understand such a process but deliberately transgress its boundaries. Drawing upon his background as a music teacher and teacher-activist, this research is often framed within the arts classroom and social struggles surrounding education.
Noah's research has been featured in several books and peer-reviewed journals including Music Educator's Journal, Berkeley Review of Education, HipHopEd: The Compilation on Hip-Hop Education, Flip the System U.S. and TOPICS for Music Education Praxis, as well as at numerous conferences. His writing on organizing and social movements has also appeared in publications such as Rethinking Schools, Truthout, and Jacobin. Additionally, he has discussed issues surrounding education policy and teacher activism in media outlets such as The New York Times, National Public Radio, CBS News, The Washington Post, and Democracy Now.
He has also applied his research and experience in close collaboration with several local, state, and national unions, community organizations, non-profits, and political campaigns.