Amy Sojot is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research uses interdisciplinary approaches to address contemporary educational assumptions through philosophy, political theory, cultural studies, and pop-cultural critique. She is an active member of the Tinalak Filipino Education Advisory Council and the College of Education Doctoral Students Association (COEDSA) Council, serving as COEDSA Chair from 2017–2019. Appreciating the playful side of theory and philosophy, Amy relishes a nerdy conceptual pun.

Research Interests

Amy’s dissertation uses new materialism to explore how sensations can generate open-ended pedagogies and circumvent constrictive approaches to the body in education. In doing so, she reveals how an underemphasis of the sensing body in education, and by association how that body relates to things and others, leaves education studies with inadequate conceptual frameworks to address accelerating problems. This dissertation reinvigorates sensation to envision new pedagogical strategies for more vibrant and ethical ways of relating to others and things in the world. An enthusiast of science fiction’s capacity for philosophical inquiry, Amy contributed a chapter to Childhood, Science Fiction, and Pedagogy: Children Ex Machina (2019). Her work has also appeared in Policy Futures in Education and Educational Philosophy and Theory. She is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) and a contributor to PESA Agora.

Ph.D. Track

Educational Foundations

COE Affiliation

Educational Foundations



B.A., Art History and the Visual Arts. (2006)
Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

M.Ed., Educational Foundations. (2014)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

Journal Articles

Sojot, A. N. (2018). Pedagogical possibilities of becoming and the transitional space. Policy Futures in Education, 16(7), 893–905. Special Issue: The Spaces of Pedagogy.

Di, X., Means, A. J., & Sojot, A. N. (2019). Emerging educational scholars: Volume 1. Educational Perspectives, 51(1–2), 1–2. Special Issue: Emerging Educational Scholars.

Sojot, A. N. (2019). Slimer, slime, and the thingness of pedagogy. Educational Perspectives, 51(1–2), 8–12. Special Issue: Emerging Educational Scholars.

Di, X., Means, A. J., & Sojot, A. N. (2020). Emerging educational scholars: Volume 2. Educational Perspectives, 52(1), 1. Special Issue: Emerging Educational Scholars.

Means, A. J., Sojot, A. N., Ida, Y., & Sustarsic, M. (2020). Introduction: Empire and education. Educational Philosophy and Theory. Special Issue: Empire and Education.

Means, A. J., Sojot, A. N., Ida, Y, & Hardt, M. (2020). A Dialogue with Michael Hardt on revolution, joy, and learning to let go. Educational Philosophy and Theory. Special Issue: Empire and Education.

Sojot, A. N. (2020). Emotional fundamentalism and education of the body. Educational Philosophy and Theory. Special Issue: Empire and Education.

Gibbons, A., Peters, M. A., Delaune, A., Jandrić, P., Sojot, A. N., Kupferman, D. W., Tesar, M., Johansson, V., Cabral, M., Devine, N., & Hood, N. (2021). Infantasies: An EPAT collective project. Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Jackson, L. & Sojot, A. N. (2021). ‘If someone discovers these gentle pot-stirrings. . .’: An interview with Nesta Devine. Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Book Chapters

Sojot, A. N. (2019). Tension, sensation, and pedagogy: Depictions of childhood’s struggle in Saga and Paper Girls. In D. Kupferman & A. Gibbons (Eds.), Childhood, pedagogy, and science fiction: Children ex-machina (pp. 111–132). Springer Nature.

Other Publications

Sojot, A. N. (2019). Sensation and pedagogies in teacher education. In M. A. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of teacher education. Springer.

Sojot, A. N. (2020). New materialism and educational innovation. In M. A. Peters & R. Heraud (Eds.), Encyclopedia of educational innovation. Springer.

Sojot, A. N. (2017). Learning alongside plants. Fil-Am Courier, p. 12.

Desai, R., Padua, J., & Sojot, A. N. (2018). Celebrating Filipino university graduates. Fil-Am Courier, p. 7.