Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis.
Principal Investigator, Teachers as Learners Project, James S. McDonnell Foundation, New Teachers Learning Disciplined Improvisation for Meaningful Talk in Diverse Classrooms, 2018-2023.
Director of Research, Center for Shakespeare in Diverse Classrooms, UC Davis, in partnership with Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe, London (Patrick Spottisooode, Director). 2018-
PhD School of Education, University of California, Davis,
Dissertation: Effective Teaching of Latinx Students in Hope Valley.
Committee: Karen Watson-Gegeo (Chair), Danny Martinez, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Chris Faltis.
MA Applied Linguistics Department, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2009
B.S. W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 1999
2004 Teaching Credential, School of Education, Sonoma State University, 2004
I research the relationship between students’ everyday uses of language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in school-based uses of language and literacy. Some schools identify bilingual adolescents as “limited” in their English proficiency even though they use sophisticated literacy repertoires outside of school; other learners are deemed ”fluent” in English but still struggle with the language and literacy demands of their academic coursework.
Jennifer Higgs is an assistant professor of Learning and Mind Sciences and Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her research focuses on digital tool use that supports learning and teaching, adolescents’ digital literacies, and teacher education in the language arts. Using sociocultural theories of learning and varied methodologies (including design-based research, case study, and survey research), Dr. Higgs investigates practices around digital tools as well as improvement of digital tool practices.
Danny C. Martinez is Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program area in the School of Education. His research explores the cultural and linguistic practices of Black and Latinx youth in literacy learning contexts, and teacher learning as it relates to leveraging youths’ rich communicative resources. His research is inspired by his experience as a literacy teacher in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Alexis Patterson Williams, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is currently a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a research center that focuses on increasing the participation of women of color in STEM related fields.