As the senior program director of engaged scholarship, Joanne oversees three programs – the Public Service Scholars Program, the Graduate Public Service Fellowship, and the Community-Based Research Fellowship Program. They also teach two community-based research methods courses, and direct emerging new programming for graduate students with commitments to community-based research.
Joanne completed their PhD in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender in Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Their research and teaching focuses on how teachers and students navigate the tensions within progressive, critical, and social justice pedagogies, including participatory action research. Before joining the Haas Center, Joanne worked at UC Berkeley's Public Service Center supporting a community-based literacy program. Prior to their work at Berkeley, Joanne taught as an elementary school teacher, and as an undergraduate at Pomona College, Joanne also worked at the Draper Center for Community Partnerships.
Outside of work, Joanne has been involved in various organizing efforts to address issues around labor, housing, education, and state violence. For fun, they enjoy indoor rock climbing, biking, traveling, camping, and other outdoor activities.