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Leah Carey

Leah Carey-Shepard, Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Education , Doctoral Dissertation Fellow

Thesis: “Sustaining Multilingualism in English-Medium Elementary Classrooms: A Collaborative Exploration of Translanguaging Literacy Pedagogies.”

As a former elementary and early childhood language educator, my research focuses on the intersection of language and literacy learning with emergent bilingual children. My current research focuses on the ways teachers can integrate emergent bilinguals’ home and community languages during literacy learning, specifically in English-as-an-additional language contexts. Additional research interests include teacher-researcher collaboration, multimodal and critical discourse analyses of language and literacy learning, and the training of critically-conscious educators.

Younkyung Hong

Younkyung Hong, Ph.D. in Elementary Eduction, Doctoral Dissertation Fellow

Thesis: “A Phenomenological Exploration of the Hegemonic Insider-Outsider in Teacher Education.”

My research interests include situating and challenging Western/Eurocentric perspectives in the context beyond the US. I have been developing my work on topics related to elementary education, social justice education, teacher education, social activism, discourse analysis, and narrative inquiry with an intercultural phenomenological perspective.

Cory Mathieu

Cory Mathieu, Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Education, Doctoral Dissertation Fellow

Thesis: "Redesigning Materials for Content and Language Integration in Secondary Dual Language and Immersion: A Design-Based Research."

My research focuses on dual language and immersion pedagogy and teacher education. In particular, I am interested in how various types of professional development can better support dual language and immersion teachers in integrating content and language in their instructional practices. I am especially passionate about research projects that are grounded in the complex realities of the classroom and whose outcomes directly support teachers’ practices. Additional interests include research on how language teaching/learning materials are used in the classroom, student language development in dual language and immersion, and teacher knowledge for content and language integration.

Ryan Oto

Ryan Oto, Ph.D. candidate in Social Studies Education , Doctoral Dissertation Fellow

Thesis: "‘Why work here? This place is so ghetto’: Portraits of teaching with and for racial justice in an urban school.”

Currently I am exploring anti-racist pedagogies as a framework to repair the relationship between schools and communities. Specifically, I aim to theorize the relationship of belonging in a school community as a foundational element of civic education, teaching, and learning. I am also interested in intersectional analyses of students’ lived experiences in schools, how we work from anti-oppressive theory toward justice and liberatory-centered practices, and understanding the shift away from racial liberalism toward a framework of racial literacy in education. Additionally, I explore the power of youth participatory action research in fostering space for youth participation in troubling oppressive decision-making.

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