Jessica Zacher Pandya

Jessica Zacher Pandya is Dean and Professor in the College of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. A former kindergarten teacher in the California Bay Area who received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, her research focuses on children's literacy and identity work in diverse urban classrooms. Prior to coming to CSUDH, Dr. Pandya served as Chair of the Academic Senate (2019-21) and Chair of the Liberal Studies Department (2014-20) at CSU Long Beach. Pandya was a Foundation for Child Development New American Children Young Scholar (2012-15) and has extensively researched children’s literacy practices. She is currently a partner investigator on a 35M Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child.Her latest books are Exploring Critical Digital Literacy Practices: Everyday Video in a Dual Language Context (Routledge, 2018) and the coedited Handbook of Critical Literacies (Routledge, 2021).