Affiliate Faculty, Disability Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Banks Center for Educational Justice
In solidarity with dis/ability justice communities, my scholarship is concerned with transforming deficit discourses surrounding young children’s identities and competencies, specifically young children of Color with dis/abilities, in the context of everyday literacy practices. I come to this work as a white, en/abled, cis-hetero woman, and strive to divest myself from interlocking systems of power which allow me access to unearned advantage. Through critical, sociocultural analyses, I focus on how early educators, young children, and families resist oppressive notions of “normalcy” through critical literacies. I consider how such resistance can inform shifts in teacher education and early childhood (special) education.