I am an Assistant Professor of Social Foundations at Auburn University. My interdisciplinary scholarship lies at the intersections of teacher education, educational policy, and anthropology of education.
My research explores transformations in the work of teachers, teaching, and teacher education from three perspectives. First, I examine technocratic policies that seek to transform the teaching profession and the professional preparation it requires in various contexts around the world. Second, I analyze how reformed practices, such as school-based clinical preparation, prepare teachers for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Finally, I document how teachers and teacher educators contest neoliberal reforms and advocate for public education.
My book Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater: Russian Policy Dramas that came out in 2019 with SUNY Press examines the theatricality of educational policy-making and the contradictions of teacher education reforms based on globally-circulated policy scripts. The book received a 2020 Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association.