Research Scientist

Jennifer C. Mann is a Research Scientist for the BELLA (Bridging English Language Learning and Academics) projects, which are focused on designing and testing a professional development program for teachers which utilizes culturally relevant pedagogies and integrates community cultural wealth into the use of high-impact instructional strategies with multilingual learners.

Dr. Mann spent sixteen years as an educator, teaching high school English, elementary and adult English as a Second Language (ESL), and undergraduate pre-service English and ESL education. In 2023, she received her Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences from North Carolina State University, where she specialized in Literacy and English Language Arts.

Dr. Mann’s research interests include refugee and immigrant education, culturally sustaining critical pedagogies, and equity centered, participatory qualitative methodologies.