Wintre Foxworth Johnson’s scholarship lies at the nexus of sociocultural literacy studies, critical race scholarship, and critical pedagogies for and with young children. Her research has two primary aims: to examine the relationship between literacy teaching and learning in race-conscious and social justice-oriented elementary educational contexts; to investigate the sociopolitical development of children from historically marginalized communities, with a particular focus on Black children’s educational experiences, racial awareness, and experiential knowledge.
Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she was named a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow and awarded the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color (CNV) fellowship. Prior to joining UVA EHD, Johnson served as a Teacher Leadership Coach with the equity-focused policy and practice non-profit organization Teach Plus. She is the recipient of the 2022 NCTE Language Arts Distinguished Article Award for her work entitled “History Is a Way of Building Identity: How One Independent Neighborhood Elementary School Uses Black Cultural Movements to Engage Children’s Sociopolitical Perspectives”. Her research has also been published in the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2020
B.A., University of Virginia, 2012