Jolynn Asato, PhD

Lecturer, Teacher Education

As a native speaker of Hawaiian Creole English, Jolynn is fascinated by the intersections of language, identity, and culture in the teaching and development of literacy across the content areas.


  • Ph.D., Urban Schooling, UCLA
  • M.A., Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • B.A., Asian Studies, Pomona College

Recent Publications

  • Middaugh, E., & Asato, J. A. (2020). Building Civic Literacy in the English Language Arts through Geospatial Play. In Studying Gaming Literacies (pp. 67-84). Brill Sense.
  • Swanson, P., Rabin, C., Smith, G., Briceño, A., Ervin-Kassab, L., Sexton, D., & Asato, J. (2019). Trust your team: Our journey to embed social and emotional learning in a teacher education program focused on social justice. Teacher Education Quarterly, 46(4), 67-91.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Anti-racist pedagogy
  • Content area literacy
  • Identity
  • Language
  • Literacy

Recommended Reading

Personality Playlist

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