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Burke Scarbrough- Department of English

Prof. Burke Scarbrough

Assistant Professor
421 Humanities

About me

Burke Scarbrough joined the UMD English faculty in 2012 as coordinator of the Teaching Communication Arts & Literature BAA program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, where he taught undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses in the fields of English education, adolescent development, and social science research methods. Prior to his academic life, he taught middle and high school English in New York City public schools. These days, he stays connected to secondary schools by teaching in a boarding school summer enrichment program, conducting classroom research, and living vicariously through passionate UMD apprentice teachers.

His research interests include pedagogies and politics of diverse learning contexts, the literacy practices of historically marginalized youth in and out of school, and the role of summer learning in youth development and educational inequality.

Visit the Teaching English Website for course information and resources related to the Teaching Communication Arts & Literature BAA program.

Recent publications Courses

Finnigan, K. S., & Scarbrough, B. (2013). Defining (and denying) diversity through inter-district choice. Journal of School Choice, 7(2), 142-162.

Scarbrough, B. (2012). As bad as they say: Three decades of teaching in the Bronx (book review). Teachers College Record. Available at

Scarbrough, B., Baker, D., & Ares, N. (2010). Numeracy and youth cultural practices. In Ares, N. (Ed.), Youth-full productions: Cultural practices and constructions of content and social spaces (pp. 209-234). New York: Peter Lang.

Scarbrough, B., & Allen, A.-R. (forthcoming). Writing workshop revisited: Confronting communicative dilemmas through spoken word poetry in a high school English classroom. Journal of Literacy Research.

English 1101: Literature Appreciation

English 4802/5802: English Language for Educators

English 5902: Teaching Language, Cognition, and Writing

English 5922: Teaching Literature and Communication

EdSe 4215: Teaching Literature and Communication: Grades 5-12

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