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Jefferies, Julian

Associate Professor of Literacy and Reading Education

Reading and Literacy Education

Office: 657-278-7522

Department: 657-278-3497



Julián Jefferies received his M.A. in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and his Ph.D. in education from Boston College. His teaching experience includes teaching English and social studies at a unique high school for immigrant students in Boston public schools, teaching undergraduate courses for first-generation college students and graduate courses on the social context of education to pre-service teachers. He is interested in the daily lives of immigrant youth in schools and their representation in the media, especially the experiences of undocumented youth. His research looks to uncover how society as a whole and schools, in particular, deal with youth who have been historically underserved in education. He has published about the framing of immigrant youth in public opinion in Critical Inquiry in Language Studies and is currently working on research that alerts educators in K-12 institutions and policy-makers on how to best serve undocumented youth in their schools. He is also interested in the pedagogy of international and experiential learning opportunities and coordinates a summer program in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, where he looks to investigate how students gain cross-cultural competence and re-think their national, gender, ethnic and cultural identities.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • Undocumented students
  • Representation of Latina/os in the Media
  • Study Abroad Programs

  • Chicano Studies
  • Education -- Bilingual
  • Education -- English as a Second Language
  • Education -- Latino
  • Globalization

  • Spanish

  • Central America
  • South America