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

Catholic universities will be particularly attentive to the poorest and to those who suffer economic, social, cultural or religious injustice. This responsibility begins within the academic community but it also finds application beyond it.

Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (40)