About Me


For nearly two decades, I was a reading researcher and university professor. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University.  After teaching in California with Teach For America, I earned a PhD in Reading Education and a Masters in English Education from the University of Virginia.  In 2006, I served as director of the University of Virginia’s McGuffey Reading Center.  I am a prolific researcher and writer; I have written four books and numerous articles in top-tiered educational journals.  I hold over twenty years of teaching and clinical reading experience. In 2019, I created the End Book Deserts podcast, and in 2022 created the Coalition for Literacy Equity.

​I hold advisory roles in the following literacy organizations:
I am an active member of the following professional organizations.
  • ​​​Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • International Reading Association (IRA) - Special Interest Groups:  Professors of Reading Teacher Educators) and Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
  • Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER)
  • National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE)