Dr Jessica Cira Rubin

Jessica Cira Rubin


Qualifications: MAT, MFA, PhD

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.

Papers Taught

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., & Fa'avae, D. (2022). Tapasā: An invitation to decolonize literacy teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand. In AERA Annual Meeting: Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century.

  • Rubin, J., & Fa'avae, D. (2022). Navigating literacy teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand through the lens of Tapasā. In National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR): Reimagining Literacy Research for Social Change. Virtual.

  • Rubin, J. C., Land, C. L., & Long, S. L. (2021). Mobilising new understandings: an actor-network analysis of learning and change in a self-directed professional development community. Professional Development in Education. doi:10.1080/19415257.2021.1879227

  • Land, C., & Rubin, J. (2021). Correcting correctness: Writing teacher education courses as sites for disrupting oppressive language ideologies. In American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2021: Accepting Educational Responsibility. Virtual.

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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