Jennifer Phuong is a daughter of Chinese-Southeast Asian refugees, as well as a sister and friend. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College. Her research and writing center on the intersection of disability, race, and language in U.S. educational contexts using interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and methodologies that emerge from applied linguistics, disability studies in education, and critical pedagogies. These interests stem from her professional experiences as a high school special education teacher in Brooklyn, NY, as well as her personal experiences as growing up in a linguistically-minoritized refugee household. Her doctoral research was an ethnographic and discourse analytic study focused on teacher collaboration in bilingual (special) education, considering both teachers’ collaborative instructional and planning practices and how teachers made sense of different categories of learners, e.g., English Learners with disabilities. She continues to use qualitative methods to explore the intersection of race, language, and disability in schooling in order to contribute to the development of equitable and inclusive schooling structures and pedagogical practices. As a teacher educator and scholar, Jennifer is invested in disability justice and abolitionist frameworks for being, (language) learning, and (language) teaching. Her previous work has appeared in TESOL Quarterly, Language & Communication, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.
Curriculum Vitae (updated 05/2023)