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Editorial Team

Editor in Chief

Dr. Martin is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Martin worked in public education for 17 years, 15 of those as the department chair of English at an urban alternative high school for students labeled at-risk for school failure in metropolitan Detroit.

She is the editor of Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy (Recipient of the 2016 AERA Division B’s Outstanding Book Recognition Award), and co-author of Teaching for Educational Equity: Case Studies for Professional Development and Principal Preparation, Volumes 1 and 2 (Roman & Littlefield). Her most recent edited volume is Feminist Pedagogy, Practice, and Activism: Improving Lives for Girls and Women (Routledge, 2017). She is the 2019 recipient of the Paula Silver Case Award for Volume Year 2018, UCEA Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (Volume 21): for “The Bathroom Case: Creating a Supportive School Environment for Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Students” (with Dr. Jane Beese). Follow her podcast here:



Dr. Jamaal Young is an associate professor at Texas A&M University, in the Teaching, Learning and Culture College of Education and Human Development. He is also a member of the Engineering Education Research Taskforce, College of Engineering.

Dr. Young was elected AERA SIG Chair (2021-2022) and will work with Dr. Martin and the Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research SIG members to support the current and future endeavors of the journal. Dr. Young looks forward to helping the journal advance the field by disseminating high-quality research to support teaching and learning in urban spacing. 


Managing Editor

Ms. Messmore manages the Journal's copy editing, design, and website. She has a Master of Arts from The University of Akron in English Composition and is currently studying for an Ed.D. in Interprofessional Leadership at Kent State University.

She has previously edited a number of books and academic journals, including Black American Students' Achievement in the Suburbs: Academic Success Through Family Engagement, edited by Dr. Vilma Seeburg, the Journal of Family Diversity in Education and Leadership and Research in Education: The Journal of the Ohio Council of Professors of Educational Administration (OCPEA).