Portrait of Jamiella Brooks

Jamiella Brooks

Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania

Jamiella Brooks is an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary work at CTL focuses on programming and support for equitable and inclusive teaching practices. Jamiella earned her Ph.D. in French Literature at University of California, Davis, and her B.A. in English at Oberlin College. She has served as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in France and participated in the McNair Scholarship and Mellon Fellows programs. Her teaching and research interests include sociolinguistics, language and power, discourse analysis, and anticolonial pedagogies, and she has presented on codeswitching and linguistic equity.

Her current project involves analyzing pedagogical practices of settler colonial education that persist in present-day teaching practices. Prior to coming to Penn, Jamiella served as founding director of the Teaching Assistant Program at Berea College. She is the author of several articles on navigating college, including “Dissertating While Parenting: Not a Contradiction” and “Tackling the Academy: Practical Advice for Navigating the Culture.” She has an article in the 2020 second edition of Presumed Incompetent: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia.