Jeanine Staples is a tenured Associate Professor of Literacy and Language and African American Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. As a sociocultural literacist, Dr. Staples researches the evolutionary nature and function of literacies and texts through the discourses of narrative research. Her work exposes the impetus for various personal and social ills such as racism and sexism. Dr. Staples earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and Urban Education from Howard University, a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University and her Doctorate in Literacy and Language, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Her research has been peer-reviewed and published internationally. In addition, her teaching has been nationally acclaimed. She is a sought after scholar, educator and coach and has received numerous awards and honors for her talents and professional contributions to the field of literacy studies. These include, but are not limited to, the The Ralph C. Preston Award for Scholarship in Teaching and Literacy Research in the Service of Social Justice – The University of Pennsylvania (2005), The National Council of Teachers of English Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award (2008), The Global Awareness in Teacher Education Award – University of Maryland College Park (2008) and Research Fellow for the Stanford Center on Adolescence (2008). Most recently, Dr. Staples was named a board member for the Africana Research Center at Penn State (2013) and a Fellow for the Social Science Research Institute/Children, Youth and Family Consortium (SSRI/CYFC) (2014). She was also named a Senior Fellow at Columbia University School of Law’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communications (2014, respectively). In her forthcoming book, The Revelations of Asher: An Endarkened Feminist New Literacies Event, Dr. Staples explores Black women’s talk and writing about terror in romantic love (Peter Lang, 2015).