Dr. Jennifer McCormick

Jennifer McCormick
Charter College of Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Office Location: KH 2027


I have expertise in teaching and scholarship focused on language, literacy and inclusive curricula.  Since arriving on campus in 2008, I have worked to develop school-university-community partnerships around adolescent literacy and parent advocacy.


During the 2014-2015 school year,  I collaborated with Chris Endy, Department of History at CSULA , Ben De Leon, Mendez High School, and 826LA  on the 2015 Young Author’s Book Project.  As part of the project, high school students analyzed primary documents related to the Mendez case, studied the struggles waged in the 40s for Latino political representation and discussed youth activism through the lens of the 1968 East L.A. Walkouts.  Students subsequently wrote about their experiences with racial segregation and interviewed local activists and scholars. Their work was compiled and published as a book that has since been recognized by civil rights advocates and Juan Felipe Herrera, a former poet laureate of the United States.

The 2015 Young Author’s Book Project, “We Are Alive When We Speak for Justice,” was  reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books in June, 2015:




 My recent work looks at how domestic and international pressures undermined racist educational policies during the post-World War ll period.

 Selected Publications


Writing in the Asylum: Student Poets in City Schools. (2004) New York:  Teachers College Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • McCormick, J. Hafner, A. & Saint-Germain, M. (2013). “From High School to College: Teachers and Students Assess the Impact of an Expository Course on College Readiness,” Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 3(1) 30-49.
  • McCormick, J. and Ozuna, S. ( 2012). “Community Partnerships: Working Across Institutions to Support Parent Advocacy and Education.”  2012 Yearbook of Urban Learning Teaching and Research, 26-33.
  • McCormick, Jennifer.  (2011). “Transmediation in the Language Arts Classroom: Creating Contexts for Analysis and Ambiguity.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(8) 579-587.
  • McCormick, Jennifer. (2010). Reading Langston Hughes. California English,15 (5) 20-24.
  • Hafner, A., Joseph, R., & McCormick, J. (2010). “College readiness for all:  Assessing the impact of English professional development on teaching practice and student learning.”  Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching and Research,  2 (3) 23-45.
  • McCormick, Jennifer and César J. Ayala. (2007). "Felícita “La Prieta” Méndez (1916–1998) and the end of Latino school segregation in California." Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 19(2) (Fall): 12-35.
  • McCormick, Jennifer. (2003). "Drag me to the asylum: Disguising and asserting identities in an urban school." The Urban Review, 35(2).
  • McCormick, Jennifer.  (2002). “The Table in the Dessert: Calling up images through surrealist poetry.” Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 18 (1).


Ph.D. English Education May, 1999

  • New York University
    New York, New York