Anna Smith

Anna Smith is an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education at Illinois State University, following an IES Postdoctoral Fellowship in Writing and New Learning Ecologies. The co-author of Developing Writers: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age, and a co-editor of Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures, her research works to move dialogue in education beyond the deficit framework and toward humanizing pedagogies and approaches. She focuses on composition in the digital age, theories of development, and transliteracies—a framework that attunes researchers to systems of inequality and the ways youth engage in contemporary literacies in navigating across them. Her scholarly work is buttressed with 17 years of work in public schools as a teacher, district-level literacy specialist, and teacher educator.