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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Faculty Research

Faculty, researchers, and students within the Attallah College of Educational Studies engage in creative interdisciplinary scholarship focused on social justice and improving education for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances or support needs. In a wide range of topics, from educational leadership and policy to school-based mental health, our experts are here as a reference and resource. 

We also welcome you to browse a selected list of recent research publications and ongoing projects.

+ - Critical Theory and Social Justice

Dr. Anaida Colón-Muñiz: Critical Bilingual Multicultural Education, Community Education, Teacher Education, Educational Civil Rights of Latinos, Second Language Development, Literacy

Dr. Noah Golden: Critical Literacy, Urban Education, Student Positioning, Adolescent Literacy, English Education

Dr. Margaret Grogan: Women in Leadership, Gender and Education, Educational Leadership for Social Justice

Dr. Peter McLaren: Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Justice Education, Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy, Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education, Marxist Theory, Critical Theory

Dr. Geraldine McNenny: Critical Discourse Analysis, Sustainability Education, Graduate Writing Instruction, Composition and Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Analysis

Dr. Lilia Monzo: Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy; Marxist Humanism toward an Alternative to Capitalism; Women of color; Anti-racist, Anti-class, Anti-sexist in Support of LGBTQIA; Muslims and All Oppressed Communities; Revolutionary Critical Ethnography

Dr. Michelle Samura: spatial design, community engagement, belonging, diversity, visual methodology

Dr. Suzanne SooHoo: Culturally Responsive and Socially Responsible Research Methodologies, Critical Pedagogy, Multicultural Education, Indigenous Epistemologies, University-Community Partnerships

Dr. Cathery Yeh: Mathematics Education, Teacher Education, Education Technology, Social Justice Education

Dr. Miguel Zavala: Action Research, Critical Literacies, Learning across Boundaries, Community Education, Teacher Education for Social Justice

+ - Cultural Diversity and Learning

Dr. Annmary Abdou: School-Wide Prevention and Interventions Systems, School Discipline Reform/Positive Discipline Frameworks, Restorative Justice, Culturally Responsive Assessment and Interventions, School-Based Mindfulness Interventions, Participatory Action Research

Dr. Quaylan Allen: Sociology of Education, Black Male Educational Outcomes, Educational Policy, Visual Research, Gender Studies

Dr. Anaida Colón-Muñiz: Critical Bilingual Multicultural Education, Community Education, Teacher Education, Educational Civil Rights of Latinos, Second Language Development, Literacy

Dr. Kris De Pedro: Urban Educational Policy, School Reform, Development of Supportive and Inclusive School and Campus Environments

Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths: Transition for Youth with Disabilities/At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, Autism and Employment, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Psychological Well-Being of At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, STEM Education for Youth with Disabilities, Alternative Education, Juvenile Justice

Dr. Kelly Kennedy: School-Based Mental Health, School-Based Counseling, LGBTQ Youth, Program Evaluation, Assessment

Dr. Lilia Monzo: Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy; Marxist Humanism toward an Alternative to Capitalism; Women of color; Anti-racist, Anti-class, Anti-sexist in Support of LGBTQIA; Muslims and All Oppressed Communities; Revolutionary Critical Ethnography

Jorge Rodriguez: Critical Teaching and Pedagogy, Cultural Politics of Identity, Official and Unofficial Knowledge, Urban Education, Youth Resilience and Self Determination, Arts and Education

Dr. Michelle Samura: spatial design, community engagement, belonging, diversity, visual methodology

Dr. Cathery Yeh: Mathematics Education, Teacher Education, Education Technology, Social Justice Education

Dr. Miguel Zavala: Action Research, Critical Literacies, Learning across Boundaries, Community Education, Teacher Education for Social Justice

+ - Educational Policy

Dr. Quaylan Allen: Sociology of Education, Black Male Educational Outcomes, Educational Policy, Visual Research, Gender Studies

Dr. Don Cardinal: Disability Studies, Inclusive Education, Special Education, Autism, Disability Policy

Dr. Meghan Cosier: Inclusive Education, School Reform, Teacher Preparation, Educational Policy

Dr. Kris De Pedro: Urban Educational Policy, School Reform, Development of Supportive and Inclusive School and Campus Environments

Dr. Audri Gomez: Inclusive Education, Disability Studies, Education and Training, Disability, Teacher Preparation

Dr. Margaret Grogan: Women in Leadership, Gender and Education, Educational Leadership for Social Justice

Dr. Michelle Hall: Educational Policy and Politics, Education Finance, Education Leadership, School-Community Relationships

Dr. Dawn Hunter: Art and Science of Teaching in Higher Education, Inclusive Education, Role of Compassion in Education, Postsecondary Transition for Students with Disabilities, Educational Policy

+ - Inclusive Education and Disability Studies

Dr. Don Cardinal: Disability Studies, Inclusive Education, Special Education, Autism, Disability Policy

Dr. Meghan Cosier: Inclusive Education, School Reform, Teacher Preparation

Dr. Scot Danforth: Inclusive Education, Disability Studies, History of Education, Philosophy of Education

Dr. Kris De Pedro: Urban Educational Policy, School Reform, Development of Supportive and Inclusive School and Campus Environments

Dr. Audri Gomez: Inclusive Education, Disability Studies, Education and Training, Disability, Teacher Preparation

Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths: Transition for Youth with Disabilities/At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, Autism and Employment, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Psychological Well-Being of At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, STEM Education for Youth with Disabilities, Alternative Education, Juvenile Justice

Dr. Dawn Hunter: Art and Science of Teaching in Higher Education, Inclusive Education, Role of Compassion in Education, Postsecondary Transition for Students with Disabilities, Educational Policy

Dr. Trisha Sugita: Inclusive Education, Disability Studies, Family-School Partnerships, Autism

Dr. Cathery Yeh: Mathematics Education, Teacher Education, Education Technology, Social Justice Education

+ - Leadership Studies

Dr. Kris De Pedro: Urban Educational Policy, School Reform, Development of Supportive and Inclusive School and Campus Environments

Dr. Margaret Grogan: Women in Leadership, Gender and Education, Educational Leadership for Social Justice

Dr. Michelle Hall: Educational Policy & Politics, Education Finance, Education Leadership, School-Community Relationships

Dr. Angel Miles NashSTEM Education, Leadership Studies, Equity-Centered Initiatives in Educational Leadership 

Dr. Whitney McIntyre Miller: Peace Leadership, Community Development, Postconflict Societies, Student Philanthropy

+ - Literacy

Dr. Amy Ardell: Literacy, Systems Thinking, Homelessness

Dr. Anaida Colón-Muñiz: Critical Bilingual Multicultural Education, Community Education, Teacher Education, Educational Civil Rights of Latinos, Second Language Development, Literacy

Dr. Margie Curwen: Systems Thinking, Elementary Teaching, Classroom Instruction, Literacy

Dr. Noah Golden: Critical Literacy, Urban Education, Student Positioning, Adolescent Literacy, English Education

Dr. Geraldine McNenny: Critical Discourse Analysis, Sustainability Education, Graduate Writing Instruction, Composition and Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Analysis

Dr. Miguel ZavalaAction Research, Critical Literacies, Learning across Boundaries, Community Education, Teacher Education for Social Justice

+ - Research Methodologies

Dr. Quaylan Allen: Sociology of Education, Black Male Educational Outcomes, Educational Policy, Visual Research, Gender Studies

Dr. Randy Busse: Single-Case Outcomes, Direct Academic Assessment, Problem-Solving Model, Selective Mutism, Other-Esteem

Dr. Geraldine McNenny: Critical Discourse Analysis, Sustainability Education, Graduate Writing Instruction, Composition and Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Analysis

Dr. Michelle Samura: spatial design, community engagement, belonging, diversity, visual methodology

Dr. Suzanne SooHoo: Culturally Responsive and Socially Responsible Research Methodologies, Critical Pedagogy, Multicultural Education, Indigenous Epistemologies, University-Community Partnerships

Dr. Miguel Zavala: Action Research, Critical Literacies, Learning across Boundaries, Community Education, Teacher Education for Social Justice

+ - School-Based Mental Health

Dr. Annmary Abdou: School-Wide Prevention and Interventions Systems, School Discipline Reform/Positive Discipline Frameworks, Restorative Justice, Culturally Responsive Assessment and Interventions, School-Based Mindfulness Interventions, Participatory Action Research

Dr. Randy Busse: Single-Case Outcomes, Direct Academic Assessment, Problem-Solving Model, Selective Mutism, Other-Esteem

Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths: Transition for Youth with Disabilities/At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, Autism and Employment, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Psychological Well-Being of At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, STEM Education for Youth with Disabilities, Alternative Education, Juvenile Justice

Dr. Michael Haas: Mental Health, Resilience, Interviewing for Assessment, Crisis and Trauma, Mindfulness

Dr. Kelly Kennedy: School-Based Mental Health, School-Based Counseling, LGBTQ Youth, Program Evaluation, Assessment

+ - STEM Education

Dr. Brian Alters: Evolution Education, Science Education, Charles Darwin, Walt Disney

Dr. Tara Barnhart: Science Education, Teacher Development, Secondary Education, Student-Centered Science Instruction

Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths: Transition for Youth with Disabilities/At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, Autism and Employment, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Psychological Well-Being of At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, STEM Education for Youth with Disabilities, Alternative Education, Juvenile Justice

Dr. Angel Miles NashSTEM Education, Leadership Studies, Equity-Centered Initiatives in Educational Leadership 

Dr. Cathery Yeh: Mathematics Education, Teacher Education, Education Technology, Social Justice Education

+ - Special Education

Dr. Annmary Abdou: School-Wide Prevention and Interventions Systems, School Discipline Reform/Positive Discipline Frameworks, Restorative Justice, Culturally Responsive Assessment and Interventions, School-Based Mindfulness Interventions, Participatory Action Research

Dr. Randy Busse: Single-Case Outcomes, Direct Academic Assessment, Problem-Solving Model, Selective Mutism, Other-Esteem

Dr. Don Cardinal: Disability Studies, Inclusive Education, Special Education, Autism, Disability Policy

Dr. Meghan Cosier: Inclusive Education, School Reform, Teacher Preparation

Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths: Transition for Youth with Disabilities/At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, Autism and Employment, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Psychological Well-Being of At-Risk Youth/High-Risk Youth, STEM Education for Youth with Disabilities, Alternative Education, Juvenile Justice

Dr. Michael Haas: Mental Health, Resilience, Interviewing for Assessment, Crisis and Trauma, Mindfulness

Dr. Dawn Hunter: Art and Science of Teaching in Higher Education, Inclusive Education, Role of Compassion in Education, Postsecondary Transition for Students with Disabilities, Educational Policy

Dr. Kelly Kennedy: School-Based Mental Health, School-Based Counseling, LGBTQ Youth, Program Evaluation, Assessment

Dr. Trisha Sugita: Inclusive Education, Disability Studies, Family-School Partnerships, Autism