Editorial Board

If you are interested in joining the Editorial Board for JCTP, please complete the electronic application: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aftKx1Cc9pxB7yR.

Paul S. Hengesteg, M.Ed., Senior Editor


Paul S. Hengesteg (he/him/his) is a doctoral student studying Higher Education Administration with a graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and holds a Student Affairs master’s degree and graduate certificate in Education for Social Justice from Iowa State. His desire to join the editorial board of the JCTP stems from his interest in being able to engage in the research and publication process while still a student. His research interests include LGBTQ-identified faculty and has worked on research with ISU faculty related to Mexican American Studies (MAS) and engineering identity development of college students. As a teacher, his passion lies in creating inclusive, dialogic spaces that all for students to learn in community as they understand social justice concepts. Prior to graduate studies, Paul held professional positions with the University of Delaware’s Office of Equity and Inclusion as well as the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the New Harmony Project, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Alexia Angton, M.A., Editor


Alexia is a doctoral student in Sociology. She currently serves as a teaching assistant in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her decision to get involved with the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis was birthed out of a tradition of critically interrogating systems of power, oppression, and injustice as well as a need to create social change. Having an academic background in Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, African American Studies and a passion for social justice, compelled her to critically engage with scholars nationally and internationally from a variety of disciplines on issues of social justice. Her research interests align with this desire by examining how race and gender intersect to shape the experiences of Black girls with the criminal justice system. More specifically, Alexia explores how racism and sexism influence Black girls’ involvement with crime and if parenting styles may provide resilience. Alexia holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Criminal Justice) and a M.S. in Sociology from Iowa State University.

Katie Anthony, Associate Editor for Copyediting


Katie Anthony is a second-year interdepartmental doctoral student studying Gerontology with a home department in the School of Education. She is also working on a minor in Instructional Technology and a certificate in Instructional Design. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State. Her research interests are focused on aging adults and the most effective way to teach technology to this demographic and how technology use impacts mental health of older adults. Her interest in social justice centers on advocating for the rights and resources for aging adults, specifically mentally health resources. She is excited to join JCTP to serve the journal as the copy editor with her background in journalism and grateful for the opportunity to be around colleagues who value advocating and researching all elements of social justice.

Maria Espino, Associate Editor for Copyediting


Maria L. Espino (she/her/hers) is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Iowa State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science in Community and Nonprofit Leadership with an additional major in Gender and Women studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Currently, she works as the S-STEM team lead on a S-STEM National Science Foundation grant under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Rodriguez Jones. She decided to get involved with the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis because this is a journal that values conversations around social justice, systems of power and privilege and the oppressions that occur in society. She wants to be involved in an organization that pushes a socially just agenda. Her research interests at Iowa State University focuses on understanding the experiences of students with multiple intersecting identities and the role of “early college high schools.” Other research interest encompass college access and retention, multicultural fraternities and sororities, and P-20 topics on pathways to higher education by marginalized students.

Vashalice Howard, Associate Editor: Member-at-Large


Vashalice Howard is a first-year master's student in the School of Education focusing on social and cultural learning education. She holds a B.S in Sociology from Florida State University with a minor in international studies. Her research interests are focused in Black Authorship and Children’s Literature. She served in the Peace Corps as a Literacy Specialist in Uganda, Africa and upon returning to the states received the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship to attend Iowa State University. She currently is a graduate research assistance and is an active member of the Black Graduate Student Association and the Womxn of Color Network. Her passion for serving on Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis Editorial Board lies in her need to expose new and fresh voices on social justice to the ISU community. Her favorite books include "Love" by Toni Morrison, "Becoming" by Michelle Obama, and favorite children’s book is "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Kirstin Terrill, Associate Editor for Outreach


Kristin Terrill is a third-year PhD student in English/Applied Linguistics and Technology. My research interest is bilingualism in education: experiences of bilingual learners and educators, bilingual discourses in educational settings, and the roles of institutions in language policing. I am committed to imbuing all of my work, including research, teaching, and service, with principles of social justice. The multifaceted nature of society and its continuous flux necessitate ongoing critical inquiry into emerging questions of justice. I believe that the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis fulfills an important role in this regard, amplifying the voices of early-career scholars whose perspectives and expertise are uniquely positioned at the forward-facing margins of these questions. I hold a BA in English and an MA in English/Professional Writing, and have experience as a technical writer/editor.

Faculty Advisors

Jeanne Dyches, Assistant Professor


Dr. Jeanne Dyches, an assistant professor of secondary literacy education at Iowa State University, researches the intersections between social justice, literacy, and teacher education. Her scholarship, which has investigated teachers’ and students’ critical engagements with canonical disciplinary texts, has been published in journals such as Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Literacy Research, Urban Review, Changing English, ALAN Review, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Currently, she is co-editing a collection with Drs. Brandon Sams (Iowa State University) and Ashley Boyd (Washington State University) titled Acts of Resistance: Subversive Teaching across the Disciplines. Dr. Dyches earned her undergraduate and master's degrees from NC State University ('08, '11) and her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ('16). Her experiences as a high school English teacher and literacy coach in Raleigh, North Carolina, inspire her scholarship.

Noreen Rodriguez, Assistant Professor


Dr. Noreen Naseem Rodríguez is an assistant professor of elementary social studies in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Her research uses critical race and AsianCrit frameworks to examine the teaching of difficult histories and citizenship to young children, diverse children's literature, and the experiences of teachers of color. Her latest research projects explore the educational experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Iowa and how undergraduates enrolled in social studies methods courses use inquiry to critically engage in conversations about immigration and racism in the United States. Her work has been published in scholarly journals including The Journal of Children's Literature, Theory & Research in Social Education, Educational Studies, The Urban Review, and The Bilingual Research Journal. She has also published articles about Asian American history and Asian American children's literature in practitioner journals such as Social Studies & the Young Learner and Literacy Today.