Wayne State University

Gina DeBlase

Gina  DeBlase
Associate Professor, English Education, Program Coordinator, Reading, Language, and Literature
College of Education, Room 233

Office Hours: By appointment.

(313) 577-0960
(313) 577-4091


Ph.D., English Education, University at Buffalo

M.Ed., English Education, University of Rochester

B.A., English, State University of New York at Geneseo


Dr. DeBlase teaches master's and doctoral courses  in English education and in  reading, language and literature.  She is the program coordinator for Reading, Language, and Literature.

Academic Interests

Adolescent literacies;  gender and literacy; sociocultural theories of literacy and identity; 21st century literacies.

Area Of Expertise

Dr. DeBlase's current research focuses on digital literacies and adolescent identities; writing development and instruction; and inquiry based instruction.

Courses Taught

English Education

Reading, Language, and Literature


Language theories and processes
DeBlase, G.   2006 Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration 3rd Ed
Using drama to promote diverse perspectives in children's literature and lives
DeBlase, G.   2006 The Dragon Lode 24(2) 42-45
"I have a new understanding": Critical narrative inquiry as transformation in the English-history classroom
DeBlase, G.   2006 Journal of the Assembly on Expanded Perspectives in Learning 11 13-26
Negotiating points of divergence in the literacy classroom: The role of narrative and authorial readings in students' talking and thinking about literature
DeBlase, G.   2005 English Education 38(1) 9-22
Teaching literature and language through guided discovery and informal classroom drama
DeBlase, G.   2005 English Journal 95(1) 29-32
Making meaning from literary text: Collaboration and autobiographical disclosure in the language arts classroom
DeBlase, G.   2005 Affective Reading Education Journal 22 26-31
A conversation with Diana Mitchell: 2003 Belle Inglis award winner
DeBlase, G.   2004 WILLA Journal of Women in Literacy and Life Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English 13 30-32
Tracing texts of desire: Assisting adolescent girls to (re)envision the male gaze
DeBlase, G.   2003 WILLA Journal of Women in Literacy and Life Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English 12 4-9
Acknowledging agency while accommodating romance: Girls negotiating meaning in literacy transactions
DeBlase, G.   2003 Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 46(8) 624-635
Missing stories, missing lives: Urban girls (Re)constructing race and gender in the literacy classroom
DeBlase, G.   2003 Urban Education (38)3 279-329
Making meaningful connections: The role of multicultural literature in the lived experiences of students
DeBlase, G.   2003 Language Arts Journal of Michigan 19(1)c 28-33
Discourse in the composition classroom: Agency, personal narrative, and the politics of disclosure
DeBlase, G.   2002 Teaching English in the Two-Year College 29(4) 367-379.
Striving for success: The impact of high stakes tests in the urban classroom
DeBlase, G.   2002 The Ohio Journal of the English Language Arts 42(2) 16-23