2019 Divergent Award
Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
2019 Divergent Award for Excellence in Literacy Advocacy
Dr. Lindy Johnson
Dr. Raúl Alberto Mora
2019 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies Research
and our 2019 book honorees
Towards a More Visual Literacy:
Shifting the Paradigm with Digital Tools and Young Adult Literature
Critical Media Literacy and Fake News in Post-Truth America
Dr. Lindy L. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of English Education at William & Mary and Director of the Eastern Virginia Writing Project. Her research draws on sociocultural theories of mediated action to examine the increasingly multimodal nature of digital technologies, and the emerging social practices and activities that arise from these technologies. Lindy is particularly interested in examining how digital storytelling and multimodal literacies can encourage adolescents toward civic engagement and other activist projects. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from The University of Georgia, Lindy taught high school English in Boston Public Schools. Her research has been published in the English Education, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, and English Teaching: Practice & Critique, and Theory into Practice.
Dr. Raúl Alberto Mora is an Associate Professor of English Education and Literacy Studies at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín. At UPB, he teaches undergraduate and graduate seminars on teaching methods, literacy, and qualitative research, and helped create the MA in Learning and Teaching Processes in Second Languages, program that he coordinated between August 2013 and June 2016. His current research explores second language literacies in urban spaces and gaming communities in Medellín, the pedagogical implementation of alternative literacies in second-language education, the use of transmedial discourse in sociocultural studies, and critical frameworks for English Language Teaching in Colombia, topics he develops with his research team at the Literacies in Second Languages Project (LSLP). Dr. Mora holds a B.A. in Modern Language Education from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, an M.A. in Teacher Education (as a Fulbright Scholar), and a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor in the Literacy, Culture, and International Educational Division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, she is an expert on diversity in children’s literature, youth media, and fan studies. Her forthcoming book is The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (NYU Press, 2019).
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