B.A. in English, Rutgers College
MAT in Secondary English Education, The College of New Jersey
PhD in Urban Education, The Graduate Center of the City of New York
I am a former high school English teacher from New Jersey who comes to RIC by way of the Graduate Center of the City University of NY, in NYC, where I earned my PhD in Urban Education with a specialization in Educational Policy. I am an educator, scholar, and activist whose work focuses on the links among race, class, political economy, urban education, and inequality in U.S. society.
SED 411/412, SED 412/422, FYW100
Critical educational policy studies, the political economy of urban education, critical race theory and educational inequality, policing and mass incarceration, social justice education.
Presentations and Publications
Benson, J. (2015). Education, Crime Control, and Coherence in the Neoliberal State. In Understanding Neoliberal Rule. B. Porfilio & M. Abendroth (Eds.) Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Benson, J. (2016). Constructing an Enemy Within: Race, Literacy and School Knowledge in the Transition to Neoliberal Capitalism. Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education, Vol 4, #2.
Sonu, D., & Benson, J. (2016). The quasi-human child: How normative conceptions of childhood enabled neoliberal school reform in the United States. Curriculum Inquiry, 46(3), 230-247.