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Associate Professor of Education
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Sr. Justine Kane is an Associate Professor and serves as the director of the Literacy Program in the School of Education. She is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids and an alumna of Aquinas College where she earned her bachelor’s degree and teacher certification in English with a minor in Reading. She holds a master’s degree in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona and a doctorate in Curriculum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sr. Kane taught in Catholic elementary classrooms in Michigan and Illinois for more than 20 years. Currently, her scholarly work focuses on the ways in which young children see themselves as people who can do school and literacy/science, and focuses on issues of equity and social justice, particularly for children who attend urban schools. Sr. Kane has published numerous articles and book chapters that focus on student identities in integrated curricular contexts.


  • B.A., English and Reading, Aquinas College
  • M.A., Language, Reading, & Culture, University of Arizona
  • Ph.D., Curriculum Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago