I am an Assistant Professor of English Education through the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Most recently, I served as a researcher for the Institute of Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I completed my Ph.D. in 2017. Here, I served as curriculum director for Cyphers for Justice, a youth development program apprenticing young people as critical social researchers through multiple literacies, hip hop and spoken word.
I have over 15 years of experience working in city schools, including a decade of teaching and activism in Detroit, MI as well as adjuncting and literacy coaching in schools and higher ed institutions across New York City. My research interests focus on literacy and English education in plural contexts; civic learning and critical digital literacies; and identity construction of urban school administrators and academic achievement.