Korina Jocson

Assistant Professor
Department of Student Development

B.A., University of California, Berkeley (Ethnic Studies), 1994
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Education), 2004

(413) 545-3569

Room 368, Hills South

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

Professional Interests: 

Korina Jocson (Ph.D.) is a cross-disciplinary scholar in social justice education. Central to her work are arts-informed sociocultural approaches that examine youth literacies and issues of equity, access, and inclusion particularly among historically marginalized youth. Recent studies have focused on the intersection of literary and media arts, information and communication technologies, and school-community connections as a way to understand (and further enable) culturally responsive pedagogies across educational settings. Dr. Jocson primarily engages in qualitative inquiry to address persistent challenges in urban education. For over a decade, she has collaborated with educators and cultural workers in support of youth's academic, career, and life trajectories. She is the author of Youth Poets: Empowering Literacies In and Out of Schools (Peter Lang, 2008) and editor of Cultural Transformations: Youth and Pedagogies of Possibility (Harvard Education Press, 2013). Currently, she is completing a book manuscript on youth media and education to be published by University of Minnesota Press. Other publications have appeared in scholarly journals such as Curriculum Inquiry, Teachers College Record, Daedalus, Pedagogies, and Urban Review, as well as included in a number of anthologies and edited books. She is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and serves on the Affirmative Action Council (Division G: Social Contexts of Education). Dr. Jocson received her Ph.D. in Education in the area of language, literacy, and culture at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Education.