Dr. Maisha T. Winn, Ph.D.

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

Unit
School of Education, UC Davis

SOE
Bio

Maisha T. Winn is the Chancellor’s Leadership Professor and the Co-Founder and Co-director (with Torry Winn) of the Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) Center in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis.  Professor Winn’s program of research examines the ways in which teachers and/or adult allies for youth in schools and in out-of-school contexts practice “justice” in the teaching of literacy.  Professor Winn was named an American Educational Research Association Fellow (Spring 2016) In 2014 she received the William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship and was named the American Educational Research Association Early Career Award recipient in 2012.  Professor Winn is the author of several books including Writing in Rhythm: Spoken word poetry in urban schools (published under maiden name “Fisher”); Black literate lives: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (published under maiden name “Fisher”); Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline; and co-editor of Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Research (with Django Paris).  She has two new books, Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education through Restorative Justice (Harvard Education Press) and Restorative Justice in the English Language Arts Classroom (with Hannah Graham and Rita Alfred on National Council of Teachers of English Principles in Practice Series). She is also the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including Review of Research in Education; Anthropology and Education Quarterly; International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; Race, Ethnicity and Education; Research in the Teaching of English; Race and Social Problems; and Harvard Educational Review.

TJE Announcements

The Importance and Use of a Transformative Justice Approach in Professional Development for Black Teachers

October 29, 2019

The purpose of this paper is to outline how a transformative justice approach can be used to improve the professional development of Black teachers. Situating the current state of the Black teaching force in the United State as a manifestation of continued harm toward Black people who seek to use education for liberation, the author suggests that this harm be formally addressed through strategic work with Black teachers and the institutions they work in.

Harvard Education Press: Race and Education Book Series

June 05, 2019

The Race and Education series addresses urgent, contemporary issues at the intersection of race, society, and education. The books strive to advance a critical, forward-thinking body of research on race that contributes to policy, theory, practice, and action. The series aims to highlight effective practices designed to help solve intractable problems of race in education.

The series is edited by Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, who TJE was pleased to host as our Fall 2018 Distinguished Speaker. His talk, "Five Educational Imperatives for Justice" was groundbreaking and inspiring.

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.