Dr. Winn is a Co-Director of TJE. She is the
Chancellor’s Leadership Professor in the School of Education at
the University of California, Davis. Her program of research
examines the intersectionality of language, literacy and justice
with attention to how to prepare teachers to “teach freedom” in
spaces of confinement. Methodologically, Dr. Winn’s work spans
disciplines including historical methods (archival work),
ethnography, and action research. Her ethnography of a
woman-focused theater company working with incarcerated and
formerly incarcerated girls, Girl Time: Literacy Justice and
the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Teachers College Press,
2011), was groundbreaking as it led the movement in examining how
girls—and Black girls in particular—were being criminalized in
schools and in out-of-school spaces.
Dr. Winn also co-edited Humanizing Research: Decolonizing
Qualitative Inquiry with Youth and Communities (with Django
Paris), which won the American Educational Research Association
(AERA) Qualitative Research SIG’s Outstanding Book Award (2015).
Dr. Winn has been a William T. Grant Distinguished Fellow and
spent one year shadowing restorative justice practitioners at the
National Council on Crime and Delinquency and Impact Justice
(both in Oakland, CA) and with the Racial Justice Program at the
YWCA in Madison, WI. Dr. Winn was named an AERA Fellow in 2016.
Learn more about Maisha
Lawrence (Torry) Winn
Torry Winn is a Co-Director of TJE. With more than
15 years of professional experience, Winn has worked and
consulted with foundations, cities, and non-profits, including
Casey Family Programs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation, the City of Newark (NJ), the City of Madison
(WI), St. HOPE, the MLK Community Resources Collaborative, and
Race to Equity. His expertise includes youth
programs/education, civic and community engagement, strategic
partnerships, race and equity, and community-based participatory
research. He is the co-author of the Race to Equity
Report, which is a three-year comprehensive study examining
racial disparities in Dane County, WI.
Prior to relocating to Madison, he served as the Founding
Executive Director of the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community
Resources Collaborative (Atlanta), the Director of Development
and Strategic Partnerships for St. HOPE Academy (California and
New York), and the Executive Director of Uth Turn (Newark,
NJ). Winn, a native of Phoenix, earned a BA in English from
the University of California, Berkeley, a Juris Doctorate from
Vanderbilt University Law School, and a Master of Divinity from
Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a PhD
(University of Wisconsin), examining the role of social capital
in the educational, leadership and career trajectories of youth
of color. Learn more about Lawrence (Torry) Winn.