My name is Jon M. Wargo and I am an Assistant Professor in the division of Teacher Education at Wayne State University.
Anchored in interdisciplinary study, my work engages with qualitative and humanities oriented research to explore the intersections of language and literacy education, technology, and cultural studies. Given the increasing presence and seemingly ubiquitous status new media and digital technologies have in mediating contemporary youth lives, my research examines how historically marginalized youth engage in these varying levels of mediation as they navigate and negotiate communities, construct visibility, and orchestrate convergent identities. By accounting for the rich opportunities and nuanced processes of multimodal writing, I advocate for a critical engagement with a compositional fluency that encourages expressive possibilities and potentials for meaning making amidst highly distributed and new technological landscapes for writing.
Fueled through my own experiences as an educator teaching in urban multilingual schools, my purpose for devoting my life to this work is informed by a longstanding commitment to educational equity. With an active interest in equity and youth culture, coupled with a commitment to social justice and urban education, my academic interests revolve around improving the quality and preparation language and literacy teachers receive for teaching in culturally sustaining ways. As a core faculty member in the Reading, Literacy, and Literature (RLL) program area, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in language and literacy education.