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 BIPOC teen experiences in educational settings, BIPOC teens’ digital literacy practices, social media literacies and teen activism, and supporting BIPOC teacher candidates. Her dissertation, #OnlineLiteraciesMatter: A multi-case study approach of Black and Brown youths' literacy practices in social media spaces recently won the NCTE College Composition and Communication (CCC) 2023 James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award. Dominique’s newest research, Project Culture, seeks to provide support to BIPOC teacher candidates and prepare English Education preservice teachers to better teach culturally diverse students, fostering classrooms that are more just, affirming, and humanizing. Her recent scholarship can be found in Literacy Research and Instruction, Multicultural Perspectives, and Journal of Language and Literacy Education. She also has published in The Conversation and Chicago Sun-Times.

Research Interests Include:

  • Culturally Digitized and Culturally Active Pedagogies
  • Black and Latinx teen experiences in educational settings
  • Digital Literacy practices of BIPOC teens
  • Activism, Allyship, and Action-oriented literacy practices of BIPOC teens
  • Social media literacies and teen activism 
  • Supporting BIPOC teacher candidates
  • Social Media and Literacy