Dr. Peter Smagorinsky
Embracing an eclectic focus
Peter Smagorinsky has been awarded the 2011 UGA College of Education Distinguished Research Mentor Award, and the 2007 UGA Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award in Humanities and Fine and Applied Arts for his advisement and cultivation of doctoral students. He has also served as co-chair since 2013 of the Ramon Veal mentoring seminar at the annual fall NCTE convention, and was the co-founder of the NCTE Research Foundation Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color mentoring program. He has also mentored doctoral students through the NCTE Conference on English Education mentoring program and junior faculty at The University of Georgia.
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I'm an Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. I focus on dismantling supremacist patriarchies through research, teaching, and coaching. As a sociocultural literacist, I work to understand personal and public voices and stories to solve personal and public problems. I do this by researching the evolutionary nature and function of literacies and texts through the discourses of narrative research. My work exposes impetuses for various personal and social ills such as racism, sexism, and ableism.
I love to mediate way before dawn, work out like a soldier, and shop alone. I prefer rum to wine, jeans to skirts, and like my heels sky high (except when I'm wearing cowboy boots). Every year I ask my stylist to cornrow and bead my hair in homage to Patrice Rushen and Stevie Wonder (if you know of these artists and understand why demonstrating embodied respect for them is important, we can probably be friends). I believe in ghosts, fairies, and hobbits (for real). Musically, I vibe to old school everything (hip hop, R&B, jazz, rock, and classical) and especially dig Hildegard von Bingen. I trust children a little bit more than adults, respect teens for their fearlessness, admire elders for their tenacity, and occasionally prefer the company of dogs to people. I'm really getting into interior design and have a penchant for acquiring east coast real estate. I'm also a survivor of multiple terrors in love.
I invite you to learn more about me and the projects I am involved with at JeanineStaples.com.