Dominique McDaniel

Dominique McDaniel (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of HeadshotEnglish Education in the Department of English at Kennesaw State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education, and cognates in Literacy and English Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2022 and is a former middle grades English/Language arts teacher in North Carolina. Dominique taught for ten years, most recently in middle grades language arts, and holds licensure certifications in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Language Arts, High School English, and Reading. Dominique’s research interests span a number of phenomena, including teens of Color experiences in educational settings, their digital literacy practices, particularly on social media, and supporting teacher candidates of Color. Her dissertation, #OnlineLiteraciesMatter: A multi-case study approach of Black and Brown youths' literacy practices in social media spaces was awarded the NCTE College Composition and Communication (CCC) 2023 James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award. She is in the process of publishing from this work. Dominique’s newest research, Project Culture, seeks to provide support to teacher candidates in English Education, supporting preservice teachers to better teach culturally diverse students, fostering classrooms that are more just, affirming, and humanizing. Her recent peer-reviewed scholarship can be found in English Journal, Literacy Research and Instruction, and Multicultural Perspectives. She also has published in The Conversation and Chicago Sun-Times.

Research Interests Include:

  • Culturally Digitized Pedagogy
  • Digital literacy practices of teens
  • Social media literacies and teen activism
  • Critical literacies
  • Black and Latiné teen experiences in educational settings
  • English Education; Supporting teacher candidates of Color
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