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Jennifer C. Mann, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist for the BELLA (Bridging English Language Learning and Academics) projects, which are focused on designing and testing a professional learning program for teachers which utilizes culturally relevant pedagogies and integrates community cultural wealth into the use of high-impact instructional strategies with multilingual learners. Additionally, Dr. Mann is an Adjunct for Duke's Program in Education, where she teaches Instructional Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners for Master of Arts in Teaching candidates.

Dr. Mann has been an educator/teacher educator for 17 years, having taught high school English, elementary and adult English as a Second Language (ESL), and undergraduate & graduate pre-service teachers. In 2023, she received her Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences from North Carolina State University, where she specialized in Literacy and English Language Arts.

Dr. Mann’s research interests include multilingual learners, culturally sustaining critical pedagogies, and equity centered, participatory qualitative methodologies.

Areas of Expertise

  • K-12 Education
  • ESL Education
  • Critical Literacy
  • Equity
  • Refugee & Immigrant Students
  • Teacher Education
  • Design-based Research

Current Appointments & Affiliations