Jessica Zacher Pandya

Jessica Zacher Pandya is a Professor in the Departments of Teacher Education and Liberal Studies at California State University, Long Beach. A former San Francisco kindergarten teacher, Pandya was trained as a researcher of language, literacy, and culture at UC Berkeley.  Her early work focused on children's identity work in diverse urban classrooms. She teaches courses for undergraduates enrolled in the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) on literacy and cultural diversity. In 2015-16, she was a President's and Provost's Leadership Fellow, working on Reimainging the First Year Experience at CSULB. Pandya is the Chair of the CSULB Academic Senate (2019-21).

Pandya has published in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English, Language Arts, Teachers College Record, and Review of Research in Education.  Her first book, Overtested: How High-Stakes Accountability Fails English Language Learners (Teachers College Press) was published in August 2011. In a book that represents her turn towards digital literacies, she and co-editor JuliAnna Ávila published Critical Digital Literacies as Social Praxis: Intersections and challenges in Peter Lang’s New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies Series in November 2012. The book won the Literacy Research Association Edward Fry Book Award in 2014. Pandya & Ávila then coedited Moving Critical Literacies Forward (Routledge, 2014). 

Pandya was named a Foundation for Child Development New American Children Young Scholar in 2012 (2012-15) to examine the ways English learners compose on iPads. Findings from the longitudinal study have been published in Teachers College Record and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, and elsewhere.  Her latest book, based on findings from this project, is Exploring Critical Digital Literacy Practices: Everyday Video in a Dual Language Context (Routledge, 2018).  Her most recent work focuses on teacher's use of apps and platforms in and out of school.

Pandya is the Past Chair of the American Educational Research Association Writing and Literacies Special interest Group. She and the other Executive Board members of the Writing & Literacies SIG have recently edited the Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures (Routldege, 2017). She is the co-founder of the Transnational Critical Literacy Network, and first editor of the forthcoming Critical Literacies Handbook (Routledge, 2021).

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