Wayne State University

Jon Michael Wargo

Jon  Michael Wargo
Assistant Professor - Reading, Literacy and Literature
247 Education Bldg.

Office Hours: By appointment

(313) 577-2976

  • Ph.D., Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education (Specialization in Language and Literacy Education; Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods), Michigan State University, 2016
  • B.A., English and Gender Studies, Indiana University, 2008


Anchored in interdisciplinary study, Jon’s work engages with qualitative and humanities oriented research to explore the intersections of language and literacy education, technology, and cultural studies. Given the increasing presence and seemingly ubiquitous status new media and digital technologies have in mediating contemporary youth lives, his research examines how historically marginalized youth engage in these varying levels of mediation as they navigate and negotiate communities, construct visibility, and orchestrate convergent identities. By accounting for the rich opportunities and nuanced processes of multimodal writing, Jon advocates for a critical engagement with a compositional fluency that encourages expressive possibilities and potentials for meaning making amidst highly distributed and new technological landscapes for writing.


Jon M. Wargo is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education division. A core faculty member in the Reading, Literacy, and Literature (RLL) program area, Jon teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language and literacy education. Alongside of Kathleen Crawford-McKinney, Jon serves as the co-director of the Wayne State Writing Project.

Outside of broader university and division commitments, Jon has held numerous leadership roles for several national organizations. Currently, he is the AERA Writing and Literacies SIG technology and social media outreach co-ordinator. Jon also acts as a reviewer for several national conferences and peer-reviewed journals in educational research.

Academic Interests

With an active interest in equity and youth culture, coupled with a commitment to social justice and urban education, Jon's academic interests revolve around improving the quality of preparation language and literacy teachers receive for teaching in culturally sustaining ways.

Area Of Expertise

  • Language and Literacy
  • Writing Theory and Practice
  • Qualitative and Humanities-Oriented Research
  • Technology and Digital Media
  • Diversity and Educational Equity
  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • LGBTQ Youth


Courses Taught

  • EED 6310 - Young Adult Literature
  • RLL 8500 - Literacy in a Socio-Political Culture


#hearmyhome: (Re)Educating the Senses to Community Literacies
2015 - 2016

Awards & Honors

AERA Language and Social Processes SIG Emerging Scholar Award
International Literacy Association’s Inaugural 30 Under 30 Recipient
College Composition & Communication Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award


Youth Techtual Economies: The Paradox and Purchase of Equity
Wargo, J.M.   2016 Education, Equity, and Economy: Crafting a New Intersection 195-214
“Every Selfie Tells a Story…” LGBTQ Youth Lifestreams and New Media Narratives as Connective Identity Texts
Wargo, J.M.   2015 New Media and Society 1-19
Spatial Stories with Nomadic Narrators: Affect, Snapchat, and Feeling Embodiment in Youth Mobile Composing
Wargo, J.M.   2015 Journal of Language and Literacy Education (11)1 47-64
Sexual Slipstreams and the Limits of Magical Realism: Or, Why a Bisexual Cinderella Just Isn’t That “Queer.”
Wargo, J.M.   2014 Bookbird (52)1 43-50