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Unique Shaw-Dismuke

Lecturer, Ph.D. Sociology

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Areas of Interest

  • Race, crime, and justice
  • Language and Dehumanization
  • Theory

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About Unique Shaw-Dismuke

Dr. Unique Shaw-Dismuke, also known as Dr. U, identifies as a black mother, teacher, healer, scholar, and activist. As a trained Sociologist and Criminologist, her work in the classroom and in the community deconstructs narratives and processes of labeling to re-humanize traditionally marginalized groups. Her pedagogy fosters critical analysis of social definitions, ideologies, and perception. Her orientation towards inclusion and equity informs how she navigates and holds space for people to exercise their voice, engage ideologies of power, and examine bias.


  • 2019    Cal Poly Significant Contribution, Community Service Award for Faculty 
  • 2016    Cal Poly President’s Diversity Award 


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