I teach courses in Girls’ Development and Education, Girls’ Activism, New Civics, Youth Participatory Action Research, and Girls and Popular Culture. All of my Colby courses emphasize social justice, critical pedagogy, and involve community engagement and activism. My goal is to connect my students with girls in schools and communities, so they can learn about girls from girls and partner with them to make their environments more just and welcoming spaces. Attuned to the diversity of girls’ lives and encouraging them to critically examine and confront the social and material world, I want my students to learn how to apply insights from theory and research in a way that promotes healthy development, resilience, and empowerment — in other words, contributes to the well being of girls.
Some of my favorite books and articles to teach are written by Sara Ahmed, bell hooks, Jessica Taft, Michelle Fine, Anita Harris, Audre Lorde, Kimberly Crenshaw, Maxine Greene, and Judith Butler. I’m also loving new work by Emily Bent, Jessica Ringrose, and Emma Renold.