- Associate Professor
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.
B.A., Rutgers College
M.A.T., The College of New Jersey
Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City of New York
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.
SED 411 Content and Pedagogy in Secondary Education
SED 412 Field Practicum in Secondary Education
SED 422 Student Teaching Seminar in Secondary Education
Critical educational policy studies
The political economy of urban education
Critical race theory and educational inequality
Policing and mass incarceration
Social justice education