Brett E. Blake

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Associate Professor

Early Childhood and Adolescent Education
The School of Education

St. John's University

Brett Elizabeth Blake is an Associate Professor in the department of Early Childhood and Adolescent Education in the School of Education and Senior Vincentian Research Fellow. She has written several articles and has authored or co-authored seven books related to the challenges "multiply-marginalized" students face in their language and literacy learning in a society that continues to perpetuate inequitable standards for education and achievement. Dr. Blake holds an M.A. in linguistics from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Chicago

Research Interests

  • Language acquisition and literacy particularly as it pertains to the challenges urban, poor, and/or second language learners face both in school and out of school; seeking ways to ensure equitable education for all.

Affiliation with the Center

Senior Vincentian Research Fellow,
Class of 2003

"Being a Fellow has helped me to continue to make connections between my research and teaching as I search for ways to find equitable opportunities for

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)