I am an assistant professor of urban teacher education at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. Prior to earning my Ph.D. in Urban Schooling from the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, I taught English Language Arts at a public high school in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. This experience sparked my passion for English Education, which continued to grow as I taught at another public high school in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles and coordinated the UCLA Council of Youth Research, a university/school partnership that engages young people in research in their schools and communities in pursuit of educational and social justice.
My teaching and research focuses on the intersections between critical literacy and civic engagement across multiple contexts, including urban secondary English classrooms, grassroots youth organizations, and digital learning communities. My work has appeared in such publications as English Journal, Reading & Writing Quarterly, Democracy & Education, and Journal of Teacher Education. Written in collaboration with co-authors Dr. Antero Garcia and Dr. Ernest Morrell, my first book, Doing Youth Participatory Action Research, was published in late 2015. My second book, Educating for Empathy, was released in September 2018. I also advocate for teacher leadership and critical digital literacy through the National Writing Project.
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