Dr. Maisha T. Winn, Ph.D.

Maisha Winn headshot

Position Title
Chancellor's Leadership Professor, Co-Founder & Co-Director, TJE Center

School of Education, UC Davis


Dr. Winn is a Co-Director of the Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) Center. 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 T. Winn.

TJE Announcements

Maisha T. Winn and Torry Winn Receive Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community

February 15, 2019

Dr. Maisha T. Winn, UC Davis Chancellor’s Leadership Professor and Faculty Director of the School of Education’s Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE), and Dr. Lawrence (Torry) Winn, TJE Executive Director, have been honored with the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for 2018-2019 in the Special Recognition Category. This award recognizes the exemplary contributions they have made to enhancing campus inclusiveness and diversity through their leadership roles at TJE.

2018-19 Practitioner in Residence: Micia Mosely, Ph.D.

June 12, 2018

The Transformative Justice in Education Center is thrilled to announce its 2018-19 Practitioner in Residence, Dr. Micia Mosely.

Micia Mosely earned her Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley and is now the founding Executive Director of The Black Teacher Project, an organization committed to recruiting, developing and sustaining Black teachers for schools in the United States.