Faculty EDJI Research

Through our individual research efforts, we are able to transform knowledge, methodology, theories and practice in ways that truly shape our professions and make a difference in the lives of real people. Because we want to have an impact, research must be translated so it can influence policy, dismantle harmful systems, and positively affect the daily lives of individuals and communities. Explore a sampling of our faculty EDJI-related research areas below.

By Department

Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

Sunha Kim

Sunha Kim

Associate Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

423 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1127

Email: sunhakim@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Achievement; Assessment; Big Data; Curriculum and Instruction; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Digital Innovations; Digital Media and Learning; Diversity; Educational Policy; Evaluation; Gamification; Immigrant Issues; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Mathematics Education; Online and Distance Learning; Professional / Staff Development; Psychometrics; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Research Design; Research Methods; School and District Reform; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues

EDJI Research: Studies race, gender and immigrant status in information communication technologies, and cultural diversity and its implications in online networked learning spaces; investigates gender and racial/ethnic inequality in educational opportunities/resources and student experiences/outcomes in STEM fields.

Jaekyung Lee

Jaekyung Lee

Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

409 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2484

Email: jl224@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Educational Policy; Higher Education; International Education; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Program Evaluation; Psychometrics; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Social Justice; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues

EDJI Research: Specializes in educational policy evaluation, with focus on the issues of educational equity and accountability. Grounded in equity-driven critical quantitative research frameworks, his work is dedicated to public education reform for transforming the lives of disadvantaged/minoritized students and closing educational inequalities and achievement gaps among diverse racial and social groups of students. He has authored several books on this topic, including The Testing Gap (Information Age Publishing, 1997), The Anatomy of Achievement Gaps (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Centering Whole-Child Development in Global Education Reform (Routledge, 2022). His research has informed evidence-based policy across the nation, including the Harvard University Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and the UCLA Civil Rights Project. His current Fulbright-funded international research investigates the issues of educational equity in Asia.

Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh

Katheryne T. Leigh-Osroosh

Assistant Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

403 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Email: kosroosh@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Clinical and Career Counseling; Community Wellness; Cultural Competence; Cultural Competence and Humility; Cultural Studies; Disability Studies; Diversity; Equity and Poverty; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Mental Health; Multicultural Competence; Program Evaluation; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Research Design; Research Methods; School and Community Partnerships; School and District Reform; School Counseling; School Environment; Social and Emotional Development; Social Justice; Training and Supervision; Universal Design; Wellness

EDJI Research: Explores and interrogates the conceptualization and enaction of social justice at the intersections of education and mental health, in order to create community-based systems of support for the futurity of marginalized communities.

Amy L. Reynolds

Amy L. Reynolds

Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

422 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1112

Email: alr24@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Clinical and Career Counseling; Cultural Competence; Cultural Competence and Humility; Diversity; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; LGBT+ Studies; Mental Health; Multicultural Competence; Queer and Trans People and Perspectives; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice; Training and Supervision

EDJI Research: Expands the multicultural knowledge base through scholarship on race, racial identity and racism-related stress, queer and trans identity, acculturation and other multicultural issues. Explores training and curricular applications in counseling psychology with an emphasis on structural competence and increasing understanding of multicultural change efforts in higher education.

Tangela Roberts

Tangela Roberts

Assistant Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

North Campus 410 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2484

Email: tangelar@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Clinical and Career Counseling; Clinical Supervision; Community Wellness; Cultural Competence; Cultural Competence and Humility; Diversity; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; LGBT+ Studies; Mental Health; Multicultural Competence; Queer and Trans People and Perspectives; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice; Training and Supervision

EDJI Research: Engages in research that focuses on the psychosocial wellness of communities minoritized by race, sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as research on increasing the retention and graduate rates of students of color in graduate psychology programs. In addition, she works to train culturally competent mental health professionals.

Scott A. Sabella

Scott A. Sabella

Associate Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

419 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1123

Email: sasabell@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Clinical and Career Counseling; Clinical Supervision; Equity and Poverty; Evaluation; Leadership; Leadership Training; Measurements; Mental Health; Neurocognition; Professional / Staff Development; Program Evaluation; Psychometrics; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Rehabilitation Counseling; Research Design; Research Methods

EDJI Research: Has partnered with disability organizations to conduct large-scale surveys of community participation barriers for individuals with disabilities, with particular attention to equitable access to employment. Clinical experience and research study of the impacts of social support and financial hardship on families after traumatic brain injury. Current authorship includes guidance in promoting more culturally responsive program evaluation for counseling practitioners and agencies.

Courtney Ward-Sutton, PhD, CRC

Courtney Ward-Sutton, PhD, CRC

Assistant Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

418 Baldy Hall Buffalo, NY 14260
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1122

Email: cdwardsu@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Addictions; Administration/Management; Child and Adolescent Development; Cultural Competence; Cultural Studies; Disability Studies; Educational technology; Higher Education; Medical Aspects of Disability; Mental Health; Multicultural Competence; Professional / Staff Development; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Rehabilitation Counseling; Research Design; Research Methods; Social and Emotional Development; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues; STEM education; Universal Design

EDJI Research: Examines assistive technology (AT) access and usage among underrepresented populations, specifically under the domains of workplace accommodations, and the participation status of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and small African American-owned technology firms in the federal assistive technology-research and development enterprise through STEM pathways. In addition, researching employment disparities among multiple marginalized people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Jasmine Alvarado

Jasmine Alvarado

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

480 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-6628

Email: alvaradj@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Critical Policy Analysis; Educational Leadership; Elementary Education; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Immigrant Issues; Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; School and Community Partnerships; Urban Education

EDJI Research: Examines the intersections of race, class and language within the experiences of multilingual families and the functioning, leadership and learning in K–8 bilingual education programs.

Gwendolyn Baxley

Gwendolyn Baxley

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

485 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1085

Email: gsbaxley@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; School and Community Partnerships

EDJI Research: Explores educational spaces in which Black youth and families survive, thrive and navigate, and the role of race and anti-Blackness within these contexts.

Nathan J. Daun-Barnett

Nathan J. Daun-Barnett

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

468 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1096

Email: nbarnett@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Economics of Education; Educational Change; Educational Policy; Equity and Poverty; Gamification; Higher Education; Organizational Change; Program Evaluation; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; School Counseling; Sociology of Education; Urban Education

EDJI Research: Examines the policies and practices that affect low-income, first-generation and racially minoritized students' access to postsecondary education and successful completion of a postsecondary credential.

Simone Fried

Simone Fried

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

484 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1099

Email: sfried@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Critical Policy Analysis; Educational Administration; Educational Change; Educational Leadership; Educational Policy; Equity and Poverty; Organizational Change; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods; School and Community Partnerships; School and District Reform; School Leadership; Social Justice

EDJI Research: Studies how a variety of education stakeholders both inside and outside of schools collectively negotiate and implement their visions of just, equitable, and excellent education through school district turnaround, leadership, governance, and administration.

Seong Won Han

Seong Won Han

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

431 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1080

Email: seongwon@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Achievement; Big Data; Educational Policy; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Higher Education; International Education; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Sociology of Education; STEM education

EDJI Research: Focuses on cross-national comparisons of educational policy and educational inequalities, including gender and socioeconomic inequality in student achievement and career expectations. She also focuses on the mechanisms, including state policy, through which low-income and historically underrepresented, minoritized youth in the United States are denied access to opportunities for high-level STEM courses in high school, associated capitals, resultant college entrance patterns and STEM majors.

Megan M. Iantosca

Megan M. Iantosca

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

477 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1095

Email: mmhollan@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Achievement; Diversity; Educational Policy; Equity and Poverty; Ethnography; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Organizational Change; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Sociology of Education; Urban Education

EDJI Research: Studies racial, gender and class inequalities in schools and the impact on students' social and academic experiences, particularly during the postsecondary transition.

Namsook Kim

Namsook Kim

Clinical Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

202 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1094

Email: nkim3@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Diversity; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Global Issues; Higher Education; Immigrant Issues; International Education; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Multicultural Competence; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Online and Distance Learning

EDJI Research: Studies how higher education environments and practices transform the engagement and success of linguistically and culturally minoritized students, in particular, international and immigrant students.

Melinda Lemke

Melinda Lemke

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

University at Buffalo, SUNY Graduate School of Education Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Buffalo, NY 14260

Email: malemke@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Critical Policy Analysis; Educational Policy; Gender Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Legal Issues; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods; Wellness

EDJI Research: Researches neoliberal reform, the politics of education, and the ways social policies and actors either mitigate or reproduce structural violence affecting young women and girls in U.S. and global contexts.

Ian M. Mette

Ian M. Mette

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy


Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1101

Email: ianmette@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Administration; Educational Leadership; Educator Preparation; Multicultural Competence; Race, Inequality, and Education; School Leadership; Social Justice

Ian Mette

Ian M. Mette
Associate Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy

Phone: 716-645-1101
ianmette@buffalo.edu


EDJI Research:
 Focuses on the creation of a culturally responsive instructional supervision paradigm to create more equitable pedagogical practices in the classroom, as well as the creation of more equity-oriented educational leaders in predominantly white rural spaces.

Raechele L. Pope

Raechele L. Pope

Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

Professor
Dean's Office

468 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1098

Email: rlpope@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Administration/Management; Cultural Competence and Humility; Diversity; Equity and Poverty; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Leadership; Multicultural Competence; Organizational Change; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice

EDJI Research: Intersectional examination of race, racism, anti-Blackness and inequality in higher education. Examines the components of a multicultural environment and the necessary, concrete strategies, competencies, evaluation and practices to create and maintain such campus environments.

Margaret Sallee

Margaret Sallee

Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

473 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1091

Email: mwsallee@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Gender Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Leadership; Organizational Change; Qualitative Research Methods

EDJI Research: Studies how gender norms shape higher education institutions and the experiences of university faculty, staff and students.

Stephen Santa-Ramirez, PhD

Stephen Santa-Ramirez, PhD

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

482 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Email: srsantar@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Diversity; Higher Education; Immigrant Issues; Legal Issues; Race, Inequality, and Education

EDJI Research: Employs critical and asset-based frameworks to investigate campus racial climate, first-generation students' sense of belonging, student activism and resistance efforts, and the various ways race, ethnicity and im/migration policy inform undocumented collegians’ educational experiences.

Corrie Stone-Johnson

Corrie Stone-Johnson

Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

473 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2471

Email: corriest@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Administration/Management; Curriculum and Instruction; Educator Preparation; Global Issues; Leadership; Leadership Training; Organizational Change; School and District Reform; Urban Education

EDJI Research: Explores the importance of creating diverse leadership pipelines and supportive principal preparation curriculum for K–12 school administration and the process of multi-party sensemaking in school leadership.

Paris D. Wicker

Paris D. Wicker

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

475 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1214

Email: pariswic@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Critical Policy Analysis; Discourse analysis; Diversity; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Mental Health; Mindfulness; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Research Design; Social Justice; Wellness

EDJI Research: Studies success, health and well-being in higher education, especially centering the experiences and outcomes of Black and Indigenous college students, staff and faculty.

Jinting Wu

Jinting Wu

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

432 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1081

Email: jintingw@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Studies; Disability Studies; Educational Policy; Ethnography; Global Issues; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods

EDJI Research: Through ethnographic, historical and policy analyses, Dr. Wu's research centers on how marginalized students and communities experience structural vulnerability and negotiate educational change amidst rapid social, economic and global transformation. In particular, she has pursued three main lines of research: rural minority education, immigrant youth and families, and child disability and special education.

Department of Information Science

Sam Abramovich

Sam Abramovich

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

Associate Professor
Information Science

511 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-3174

Email: samuelab@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Achievement; Assessment; Cognition; Cultural Studies; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Educational technology; Evaluation; Gamification; Information Science; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Learning Design; Measurements; Online and Distance Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods

EDJI Research: Uses co-design to investigate how neurodivergent students can be better served by higher education.

Samuel Dodson

Samuel Dodson

Assistant Professor
Information Science

Department of Information Science Graduate School of Education University at Buffalo 524 Baldy Hall (North Campus) Buffalo, NY 14260–1000
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1488

Email: smdodson@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Human Computer Interaction; Information behavior; Information literacy; Information practices; Information Retrieval; Information Science; STEM education

EDJI Research: Studies the challenges that students of different ages, gender identities, races and curricular backgrounds encounter in technical courses in order to provide implications for the design of differentiated instruction.

Africa S. Hands

Africa S. Hands

Assistant Professor
Information Science


Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1412

Email: africaha@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Higher Education; Information Science; Library Science; Online and Distance Learning; Qualitative Research Methods

EDJI Research: Examines library services to underserved and marginalized populations including first-generation, low-income and post-traditional students.

Saguna Shankar

Saguna Shankar

Assistant Professor
Information Science

Department of Information Science University at Buffalo 549 Baldy Hall (North Campus) Buffalo, NY 14260–1000
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1481

Email: sagunash@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Information practices; Information Science

EDJI Research: Aims to support respect for difference, care for community data, and social and ecological justice by examining uses of data, information, and technologies and the effects of these practices.

Amy VanScoy

Amy VanScoy

Associate Professor
Information Science

546 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-1487

Email: vanscoy@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Diversity; Global Issues; Information behavior; Information practices; Information Science; Library Science; Qualitative Research Methods

EDJI Research: Studies equity, diversity, justice and inclusion issues in librarianship, particularly the worklife experiences and retention of BIPOC librarians.

Department of Learning and Instruction

Sam Abramovich

Sam Abramovich

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

Associate Professor
Information Science

511 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-3174

Email: samuelab@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Achievement; Assessment; Cognition; Cultural Studies; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Educational technology; Evaluation; Gamification; Information Science; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Learning Design; Measurements; Online and Distance Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods

EDJI Research: Uses co-design to investigate how neurodivergent students can be better served by higher education.

Tasha Austin

Tasha Austin

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall Buffalo, NY 14260
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: tashaaus@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Curriculum and Instruction; Educator Preparation; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Racism and AntiBlackness

EDJI Research: Qualitatively examines how anti-Blackness emerges in language education and (language) teacher preparation to effect meaningful curricular, pedagogical and policy changes in these spaces.

David L. Bruce

David L. Bruce

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: dlbruce@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational technology; English Education; Equity and Poverty; Multimodality; Qualitative Research Methods; School and Community Partnerships

EDJI Research: Focuses on equity, particularly with new media and multimodal literacies in classrooms, primarily in rural settings.

Claire E. Cameron

Claire E. Cameron

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

574 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-4000

Email: cecamero@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Achievement; Assessment; Child and Adolescent Development; Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Diversity; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Research Methods; School and Community Partnerships; Self-regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues

EDJI Research: Seeks to develop accessible and ecologically valid assessments of young children's social-emotional skills that minimize implicit bias and relieve teacher burden.

Yunjeong Chang

Yunjeong Chang

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

578 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-4076

Email: ychang28@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Computer Science Education; Cultural Competence; Curriculum and Instruction; Digital Media and Learning; Diversity; Educational technology; Educator Preparation; Engineering Education; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Learning Communities; Learning Design; Learning Sciences; Online and Distance Learning; Problem Based Learning; Professional / Staff Development; STEM education; Universal Design

EDJI Research: Focuses on designing online, hybrid and in-person inclusive learning environments in higher education settings to fully engage cognitively and culturally diverse learners in multi-disciplinary contexts.

Julie Gorlewski

Julie Gorlewski

Professor
Learning And Instruction

Professor
Dean's Office

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: jgorlews@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Curriculum and Instruction; Educator Preparation; English Education; Qualitative Research Methods; School and Community Partnerships

EDJI Research: Investigates how educational policies and practices contribute to unequal opportunities and works with teachers and learners to create systems that are just and culturally sustaining.

Sameer Honwad

Sameer Honwad

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: sameerho@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Cognition; Cultural Studies; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Diversity; Environmental Education; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; International Education; Learning Communities; Learning Design; Problem Based Learning; Race, Inequality, and Education; Research Design; Science Education

EDJI Research: Focuses on how learners from diverse backgrounds learn about complex science phenomena, within informal learning environments, such as museums, community centers and afterschool programs, how learners from diverse backgrounds use science knowledge while negotiating environmental problems in their everyday lives, and how to build partnerships with relevant stakeholders to design effective science learning environments for youth across several diverse communities.

David W. Jackson

David W. Jackson

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

367 Baldy Hall, Room 507 Buffalo, NY 14260 davidwj@buffalo.edu
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2163

Email: davidwj@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Curriculum and Instruction; Design Experiments; Engineering Education; Learning Design; Learning Sciences; Multicultural Competence; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; School and Community Partnerships; Science Education; STEM education

EDJI Research: Co-designs, implements and studies learning environments that expand access to, relevance of, and participation in computing; applies critical dialectical pluralism to broaden conceptions of student engagement; and plans and facilitates near-peer mentoring and teaching with high-schoolers and middle-schoolers, especially in partnership with members of minoritized communities.

Tiffany Karalis Noel

Tiffany Karalis Noel

Clinical Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: tbkarali@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Bullying; Curriculum and Instruction; Educator Preparation; English Education; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Literacy; Professional / Staff Development; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Social and Emotional Development

EDJI Research: Examines professional socialization and identity development of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, mentoring relationships, and mentoring practices in higher education related to self-efficacy, sociocultural inequity, and belongingness within and across educational contexts.

Christina King

Christina King

Clinical Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

573 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Email: cuking@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Studies; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; Elementary Education; Literacy; Multicultural Competence; Reading Instruction; Social Justice

EDJI Research: Explores critical literacy pedagogy with diverse children’s literature, especially picture books created by Black, Indigenous and persons of color (BIPOC) authors/illustrators. Additional interests lie in equitable teaching practice within early childhood and elementary contexts.

LaGarrett King

LaGarrett King

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: lagarret@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Diversity; History of Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice; Social Studies Education

EDJI Research:  Examines the teaching and learning of Black history education in schools and society and studies critical theories of race, multicultural teacher education, and socio-historical aspects of curriculum history and theories with an emphasis on Black Education.

Mary McVee

Mary McVee

Professor
Learning And Instruction

581 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2458

Email: mcvee@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Design Experiments; Digital Media and Learning; Discourse analysis; Diversity; Engineering Education; Ethnography; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Literacy; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Reading Instruction; Research Design; Research Methods

EDJI Research: Uses narrative and multimodal methods to investigate ways that teachers explore racial positions (their own and others) through book discussion, personal narrative, dialogic interaction, and reverent listening; investigates how multimodal communication in elementary school engineering contexts positions multilingual learners and children of color with more just and equitable opportunities for learning.

Tim Monreal

Tim Monreal

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

589 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-5042

Email: tpmonrea@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Critical Policy Analysis; Cultural Studies; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; Educational technology; Educator Preparation; Immigrant Issues; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Philosophy of Education; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice; Social Studies Education; Sociology of Education

EDJI Research: Studies how knowledge about Latinx communities and groups is (re)produced in (school) spaces.

Ryan M. Rish

Ryan M. Rish

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

568 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-4042

Email: ryanrish@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Digital Media and Learning; English Education; Ethnography; Multimodality; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Research Design; Research Methods

EDJI Research: Studies the literacy practices and identities of adolescents in classrooms and communities with a concern for culture, equity, and justice.

Sarah A. Robert

Sarah A. Robert

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

514 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-4046

Email: sarah@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Critical Policy Analysis; Educational Policy; Ethnography; Gender Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods; Sociology of Education

EDJI Research: Critiques how policy and politics shape and are shaped by the intersectional qualities of gender in global, South American, and US urban contexts. Her ethnographies and qualitative, social science-informed studies are concentrated on three areas: teachers’ work, curriculum/textbooks, and school food. As a first-gen, feminist, interdisciplinary public intellectual, she strives to demystify policy, to cultivate and support policy protagonists through teaching and long-term community collaborations, and to transform educational decision-making into an inclusive process focused on realizing human rights and just transitions.

Ji-Won Son

Ji-Won Son

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

569 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-4030

Email: jiwonson@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Assessment; Cognition; Curriculum and Instruction; Discourse analysis; Diversity; Educator Preparation; Equity and Poverty; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Immigrant Issues; International Education; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Mathematics Education; Multicultural Competence; Multimodality; Problem Based Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; Social Justice; STEM education; Urban Education

EDJI Research: Investigates how intended, potentially implemented, and implemented curricula can contribute to unequal opportunities for traditionally minoritized students, including African American students and students of color. Furthermore, I examine the racialization and systemic discrimination experienced by Asian American students, teachers, and parents in their K-12 mathematics education.

Naomi Thompson

Naomi Thompson

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction


Buffalo, NY 14260

Email: naomitho@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Learning Sciences

EDJI Research: Explores the ways crafting, art-making and other design activities can intersect with and enhance equitable learning in formal and informal environments; designs educational experiences in ways that highlight and honor voices and practices that are traditionally minoritized and undervalued in educational settings.

Amanda Winkelsas

Amanda Winkelsas

Clinical Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: awinkels@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Diversity; Educator Preparation; English Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Social Justice; Urban Education

EDJI Research: Focuses on cultivating diversity in the teaching profession through innovative, community-centered models of teacher education and preparing teachers to work with students in historically under-served schools.