My research focuses on examining and disrupting the normalized prevalence of Whiteness within education. I concentrate my gaze on Whiteness within the context of teaching and research, and argue that it needs to be the object of study, and ultimately, transformation at both the individual and systemic levels. My current research uses a lens of Critical Whiteness Studies (CWS) to examine the ways Whiteness manifests itself in:
- The beliefs a student teacher brings into her year-long placement
- The ways this teacher puts those beliefs into action during her first year of teaching
- The ways I (as a White researcher) engage in research on Whiteness
I have also had the opportunity to be a part of a number of research teams during my studies at Michigan State University. Here are the descriptions of the work I was able to do with my colleagues while at MSU.
Michigan State University
Graduate Research Assistant
Physicians as Educators, 2018-present
Working with Drs. Randi Stanulis, Stacey Pylman, and Brian Mavis, I work on a research team exploring the identity of physicians teaching in the medical college at MSU. I am the study coordinator, responsible for writing and submitting the IRB application, as well as scheduling, conducting, and transcribing interviews.
Mentoring in the Moment (MiTM), 2016-present
I volunteer on a project working with Dr. Joanne Marciano and Dr. Randi Stanulis, where our team is trying to better understand how mentor teachers and student teachers interact in educative ways "in the moment" of teaching during the day. I help collect, code, and analyze data as well as write up findings for publications and presentations.
Mentors As Teacher Educators (MATE), 2015-2018
Working with Dr. Joanne Marciano and Dr. Randi Stanulis, I help collect, code and analyze data related to teachers who demonstrate mentoring in educative ways, as well as help write up findings for publications and presentations. Our research team is continuing to learn about best practices for mentoring interns following up on the (MATE) research from the previous year.
Teacher Resignations, 2014-2016
I volunteered on a project with Dr. Alyssa Hadley Dunn called: Leaving a profession after it’s left you: Teachers’ public resignation letters in an era of neoliberal reform. On this project we examined teachers’ public resignation letters and interviewed these teachers who left the profession to better understand the ways in which neoliberal reform efforts push these teachers to quit in public ways. Duties included qualitative data collection and analysis, arranging and conducting participant interviews, transcription, coding, manuscript revision, and conducting a literature review.
Project PLACE, 2014-15
I worked with Drs. Anna-Lise Halvorsen (MSU) and Nell Duke (U of M) on Project PLACE, funded in part through the Lucas Foundation; we studied 50 low SES second grade classrooms in their implementation of a project-based Social Studies curriculum. Duties included qualitative data collection through teacher and student interviews and classroom observations as well as quantitative data collection and input into SPSS and analysis in a large-scale quasi-experimental design project.