Julianna Lopez Kershen is an assistant professor of English education at the University of Oklahoma in the Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum department. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the topics of English language arts education, literacy studies, and reading/writing development and instruction.
Previously, Julianna has worked as a researcher, university lecturer, and high school English language arts teacher and district-level administrator in Oklahoma and Massachusetts. Julianna is a National Board Certified teacher in Adolescence/Young adult English language arts and was a Fulbright Teacher Scholar in East Africa.
Dr. Kershen earned her Ed.D. in Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She was the editor of the Oklahoma English Journal for five years, winning the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English Journal of Excellence journal affiliate editorial award. Her research program focuses on issues of access, equity, and deep learning from perspectives of critical textual analysis, writing development studies, expertise development in classroom teaching, and mentoring relationships.