Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Brown University
Areas of Focus:
Education and social/environmental justice, urban education, education and incarceration
Jody Cohen holds a Ph.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and an M.A. in Writing from Brown University. A Term Professor at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, Jody’s focal areas are urban education, education and diversity, and, more recently, education in prison and environmental education. She teaches such Education courses as Schools in American Cities, Multicultural Education, and Learning in Institutional Spaces, and in the Emily Balch Seminar Program her courses focus on identity/diversity and ecology. Jody has served as Mentor for two Posses (http://www.possefoundation.org/) at Bryn Mawr. Currently, she co-facilitates a reading and writing course inside a women’s correctional facility.
A qualitative researcher who does action and participatory action research, Jody co-founded the Philadelphia-based action organization, Research for Action, where she worked with students, parents, and educators to gather and analyze data with the goal of designing and implementing school change. Her current research focuses on collective organizing and coalition-building in Philadelphia, and on how innovative pedagogies in and out of classroom settings can expand the ways human beings learn, teach, and live. Jody works with the Education Policy Working Group in Philadelphia, and is a member of URBAN, a national group designed to address issues in cities. She is co-authoring with Anne Dalke, Term Professor of English, a book and website project called Steal this Classroom: Teaching and Learning Unbound, to be published by punctum press.