Jon Michael Wargo
- 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.
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