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.