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Postdoctoral Fellows

2015-2016 Postdoctoral Fellows

IUME is fortunate to welcome two new Postdoctoral Fellows to IUME for the 2014-2015 year. Please welcome Dr. Monique Lane to New York City as the Minority Postdoctoral Fellow at Teachers College for the 2014-2015 year, and Dr. Juliette Lyons-Thomas!


Dr. Monique Lane 

Monique Lane, Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellow, earned her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Urban Education from the University of California, Los Angeles’ Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Dr. Lane’s collective thirteen years of experience in Los Angeles public high schools is the motivating force behind her work in urban schools. Her research examines the complex ways in which the social and academic identities of African-American female students are co-constructed and mediated within the schooling context—as well as how this process influences the educational outcomes of these youth. Her dissertation study explored the potential of Black feminist pedagogy as an empowering, alternative method of engaging African-American female students. As an extension of this work, Dr. Lane’s postdoctoral research will investigate the potential ways that reductive media portrayals of Black women in youth popular culture may impact how urban Black girls imagine themselves as intellectual beings within the K-12 educational context.

Dr. Lane has taught courses in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She recently received the honor of  “Distinguished Teaching Associate” in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education. An upcoming book chapter, entitled Black girl interrupted: A reflection on the challenges, contradictions, and possibilities in transitioning from the community to the academy will be featured in the anthology, Black feminism in education: Black women speak back, up, & out.

For more information about Dr. Lane's work, please visit her website here.

Dr. Jamila Lyiscott 

JAMILA LYISCOTT recently received her Ph.D at Teachers College, Columbia University where her work focuses on the education of the African Diaspora. A spoken word artist since the age of fifteen, Jamila engages the arts in her work as a scholar, educator, activist, and community organizer. Jamila’s scholarship and activism work together to prepare educators to sustain diversity in the classroom, empower youth, and explore, assert, and defend the value of Black life. Jamila transdisciplinary scholarship is situated in literature, critical literacy studies and critical pedagogy for racial justice. Her praxis combines academic activism, New Literacies, and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) to center and champion the cultural wealth of African Diasporic communities. As an adjunct assistant professor and community educator, Jamila has lectured and performed throughout the country and teaches courses on literacy and diversity for pre-service and in-service educators. Jamila is the recipient of several fellowships and is currently working as a Graduate Research Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) where she leads the Cyphers For Justice (CFJ) youth, research, and advocacy program.

Jamila was recently featured on Ted.com where her video was viewed over 2 million times. Her poetry and scholarly work has been published in Teachers and Writers Collaborative Magazine and English Journal. She has directed several conferences and projects both locally and internationally and has presented both spoken word and academic papers at many seminars including the American Educational Research Association Conference (AERA), National Council for Teachers of Education Conference, (NCTE) the Diversity in Research and Practice Conference (DiRP), the Urban Literacies Institute for Transformative Teaching (ULITT) (co-director), the Preemptive Education Conference (co-directed), the New York Collective for Radical Educators Conference, Critical Race Studies in Education Association Conference, the Urban LiTeracies Institute for Transformative Teaching. Through her community, scholastic, and artistic efforts, Jamila hopes to play a key role in forging better connections between the world of academia and communities of color outside.

For more information about Dr. Lyiscott's work, please visit her website here.