Hari Stephen Kumar is a visioncaster, teacher, and storycrafter. His itinerary includes India, Yemen, Egypt, Arizona, and 21 consecutive winters in Massachusetts. His professional background involves a composite career weaving engineering, teaching, and the humanities.
Since 2006 Hari has worked extensively with faculty, instructors, and trainers on developing innovative and critical pedagogical practices. He loves building communities of teachers and seeing teachers rediscover their love for teaching and learning. He is a speaker and facilitator on emerging pedagogies for 21st century liberal arts education, with a focus on inclusive teaching and whole-person learning.
Hari has over 15 years of experience as an acclaimed speaker on complex and challenging topics, but with a style and approach that is inclusive and impelling more than simply compelling. He brings this approach both to his crafting of talks and presentations to a wide range of audiences, but also to his consulting and coaching on presentation design and delivery techniques for individuals and organizations.
Hari is also an active and independent scholar-storyteller in critical cultural studies, specializing in creating richly layered multimedia performances that engage and empower audiences on issues of race, politics, religion, gender, and mass media.
When he’s not ideating or designing or teaching or performing, Hari enjoys road cycling, performance driving, tennis, and chess.
After earning his Master of Science degree in 2000 (Boston University), Hari worked as a mathematical modeling engineer and software trainer at The MathWorks, Inc. Realizing that his core passions were in teaching, especially in areas of cultural studies and politics, he left engineering in 2008 and returned to graduate school to pursue a teaching career in academia. Hari earned a Master of Arts degree in 2011 (University of Massachusetts Amherst), focusing on performance studies and decolonizing societal barriers to inclusion and belonging.