Dr Jessica Cira Rubin

Jessica Cira Rubin



Curriculum; Education; Education Research; English Education; Gender; History of Education; Languages and Literacy Education; Literacy Learning; Pedagogy; Restorative Practices; Schools (Primary/Secondary); Social Science Research; Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching; Violence; Women and Gender Studies

Qualifications: MAT, MFA, PhD

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About Jessica Cira

My work as a teacher educator and education researcher builds from ten years experience teaching secondary English language arts. I think about literacies broadly and inclusively, and use conceptual frameworks that inspire and require critical reflection of ourselves, educational institutions and other systems.

Research Interests

My work is primarily energized by my deep commitment to values of collaboration, nonviolence in its many forms, and social and ecological justice. Currently I am working on several projects, including analysis of data generated through an immersive study of the literacies and literacy teaching practices of a group of teachers from the United States who traveled to India to participate in a summer professional development program. The program concentrated on ahimsa, which encompasses the avoidance of harmful thought, speech, and action and the active promotion of peace, reverence, and justice.

As scholars, research is a language through which we can connect with and support each other as we try to orient our world toward a more peaceful, more inclusive, and more expansive course. Through my research projects, my intention has been to participate meaningfully in that broader project while weaving together my dedication to writing and literacy, my deep belief in the complexity and creativity of young people, and my appreciation of teachers who care deeply about and take action toward justice.

Recent Publications

  • Rubin, J. C. (2020). Third spaces and tensions: Teacher experiences in an international professional development program. Teaching and Teacher Education, 95. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2020.103141

  • Bomer, R., Land, C. L., Rubin, J. C., & Van Dike, L. M. (2019). Constructs of teaching writing in research about literacy teacher education. Journal of Literacy Research. doi:10.1177/1086296X19833783

  • Tily, S., Land, C., Rubin, J., & Steinitz, E. (2019). Accountability reforms, social justice, and Bad Cat Food: One literacy teacher's first year. In ​2019 AERA Annual Meeting: Leveraging Education Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence. ​Conference held Toronto, Canada.

  • Land, C., & Rubin, J. (2019). Literacy research alongside activist teachers: Research relationships as community. In ELATE Summer Conference. Conference held University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA.

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