Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
Jesica is interested in the ways in which communication shapes the possibilities of organizations and the people who make them, whether those organizations are corporations, neighborhoods, or schools. Particularly, she is drawn to moments of tension between communication that builds, structures, and maintains organizations and communicative practices that change, create, and cause productive trouble. Jesica’s most recent research discusses tensions that emerge as artists’ work is articulated to the organization of schooling, and deals with issues of teachers’ professional identities, the ways in which professionalism enables and constrains creative practice, community organizing, and artistic communities of practice in schooling. In addition to being a research interest, Jesica’s heart is in schooling and education; while completing her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked as the Teaching Director of an educational nonprofit organization and taught in a variety of contexts, ranging from elementary school classrooms to medium/maximum security prisons.
Jesica loves to spend time with her family and friends, explore cities and neighborhoods, create and experience art, experiment in the kitchen with farmers’ market finds, soak up the outdoors, get lost in books, and find good reasons to laugh! She is almost always on the move, whether on a yoga mat, a bike path, a sidewalk, or a trail in the woods.