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Professor Jie Park

Jie Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education
Director, Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies

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B.A., Stanford University, 2003
M.A., Stanford University, 2003
M.S., Queens College, CUNY, 2005
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Current Research and Teaching

Jie Park’s research interests include adolescent literacy and language practices in school and out-of-school settings. For the past two years, she has been studying how first-generation immigrant students acquire academic discourses, and what cultural and linguistic resources they bring to their schooling. Her most recent work has been published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Education, and Children’s Literature in Education. Before coming to Clark, she was assistant professor of literacy education at Bard College’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program.


Kefiana Kabati

Kefiana Kabati, CAPM

Operations Manager and Assistant to Program Directors
Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies

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Kefiana Kabati is a certified associate project manager who is interested in fostering “in-between” spaces that converge disciplines, identities, languages, and geographies to generate new knowledge.

Outside of her time at Clark, Kefiana seeks to decolonize the hierarchy of languages by teaching Swahili online and to high school students at the Bruce Wells Scholars Upward Bound program in Worcester, MA.

Kefiana holds a BA in Cultural Studies and Communications from Clark University, in which her research focused on the sociology of language in schools in the United States and East Africa.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Translating poetry in an after-school program: A case for a pedagogy of multiliteracies,” American Educational Research Association, 2017 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Critical Translations: Dominant Narratives and Productive Struggle through Poetry and Art,” 37th Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, February 2016
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