Habib Siam - Educator / Creative
Educator / Writer
Habib Georges Siam is an educator, writer, and chief of the grammar police. His research interests include, but are not limited to, the roles of media and technology in learning, and the ways in which educational institutions collude with other social organizations in the normalization and management of individuals. In his doctoral dissertation, entitled “They gon’ study some [thing]”: Representations of schools and schooling in HBO’s The Wire, Mr. Siam explores the linguistic, architectural, and administrative similarities between schools, prisons, and mental wards. He uses David Simon and Ed Burns’ television series The Wire to engage readers in dialogue about the social functions of public schooling and to problematize unexamined practices in formal education.
Habib is a sneaker enthusiast and basketball junkie. He will sometimes buy two pairs of the same shoe so as not worry about scuffs and still occasionally curses the 1993 NBA Finals. His favorite word is not suitable for print, but “nomothetic” ranks a close second.
Mr. Siam is currently working on a multimedia sneaker project titled C'mon Feet, a collaborative effort with Off The Hook boutique. In this series, he treats sneakers as the embodiment of our walks through and engages people from all walks of life. C'mon Feet is about the journeys we take, the things we see, and the life lessons we learn.