I am a teacher educator, educational researcher, and writer. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Education Policy & Leadership in the College of Education at Marquette University, where I lead our work in social studies education.
My teaching career began in the suburbs of Chicago and has spanned a range of settings: Chicago's West Englewood neighborhood, Los Angeles's Watts neighborhood, small-town Wisconsin, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Additionally, I have led educational and service learning programs in Washington DC, Cincinnati, New York City, South Africa, Chicago, and Peru, and I have participated in teacher exchange programs in India and Japan. These experiences in diverse and wildly unequal educational settings motivated my work at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where I completed a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and Education Policy Studies, with a focus on Multicultural Education.
My research examines how diverse schools work to enact educational justice. I primarily research pedagogy, or the art, practice, and theory of teaching. In particular, I study democratic pedagogies that promote equity and youth empowerment, such as critical approaches to civic education. I also consider how to best prepare teachers committed to justice and how all of these efforts play out within the relationships and communities of the school. Lately, my research has pushed me to explore how whiteness operates in educational spaces and how white teachers, specifically, can resist and subvert its hold in the classroom. Ultimately, I want my research to help expand our educational imaginations towards justice, to help us as educators and citizens re-envision what schooling could be. My work has appeared in Multicultural Perspectives, Equity & Excellence in Education, Teachers College Record, The Social Studies, The Journal of Adult & Adolescent Literacy, Theory & Research in Social Education, Theory Into Practice, and Intercultural Education, as well as in several edited volumes.