Department Head of Gender & Women’s Studies, and Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and English, University of Arizona
Stephanie (she/her) is a Black feminist scholar, mother of three, and first-generation college student. She is a formally affiliated faculty member in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English, Africana Studies, the LGBT Institute, and Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies. She received a dual-PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. A former high school and middle grades public school teacher, Stephanie is a scholar-activist who has been recognized across a variety of community and campus spaces for her mentorship, student advocacy, and social justice leadership. Her passion is working with marginalized students in the university setting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is the recipient of the UA Likins Award (2017), the Student Affairs Faculty Impact Award (2017), the Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Outstanding Mentor Award (2019), and the 2022 Outstanding Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award. Stephanie is also an alum of the University of Arizona’s 2017 Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) cohort.
Stephanie is the former director of two outreach projects between the University of Arizona and Tucson schools: Wildcat Writers (2015- 2020) and the Southern Arizona Writing Project (2015-2020). These partnership programs serve the local community by focusing on Title 1 schools and providing them with opportunities for professional development, academic resources, and programming rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion through writing.
Her research interests include literacies focused on social justice, feminist pedagogy, critical race theory, film studies, Black feminist theory, schooling, identity/ies and education. She is co-author of the 2018 book, Narratives of Family Assets, Community Gifts, & Cultural Endowments: Re-Imagining the Invisible Knapsack (Lexington Press) and co-editor 2021’s Race & Ethnicity in U.S. Television (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press). Her research has been published in The Journal of Girlhood Studies (GHS), the journal of Race Ethnicity and Education (REE), Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, and in the Journal of Literacy & Social Responsibility.