Sonia M. Rosen

Assistant Professor, School of Education

Taylor Hall, Room 310C 1 (215) 517-2305

About Me

Sonia M. Rosen began her career as a public middle and high school English and Social Studies teacher in New York City. After returning to her hometown of Philadelphia to study for her Master's degree, she continued to work as an educator in a variety of contexts, including an adult education program, a local charter school, a summer camp, and several school-related enrichment programs. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (2004) and a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum (2012) from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  

Dr. Rosen joined the Arcadia School of Education faculty in Fall 2014, teaching courses in teacher education, education policy, urban education, youth activism, and qualitative research methodology. Her research focuses on youth activism, exploring key themes such as youth identity development, youth leadership, youth civic dispositions, and young people's impact on policy.  She also sits on the board of the Philadelphia Student Union. She is currently the Director of Foundations and Education Studies and the Coordinator of the graduate Urban Education Certificate program.

 

 

Areas Of Focus

Youth activism, youth civic engagement, youth leadership, social movements

Hometown
Philadelphia, PA

Languages
English, French

Education History

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 2012

Ph.D., Major in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 2004

M.Ed., Major in Education, Culture, and Society

New York University Steinhardt School of Education 2000

B.S. in Education, Major in English Education

Minor in Africana Studies

Publications

Co-Editor 2016

Contemporary Youth Activism: Advancing Social Justice in the United States

Book, Praeger

Co-Authored with Jerusha Conner

Author 2016

Identity performance and collectivist leadership in the Philadelphia Student Union

Article, International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice

Co-Author 2015

Zombies, truants, and flash mobs: How youth organizers respond to and shape youth polic

Contribution to book, National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook

Co-Authored with Jerusha O. Conner

Co-Author 2014

Changing how we think, changing how we learn: Scaffolding executive function processes for students with learning disabilities

Article, Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal

Co-Authored with Joseph Boyle, Katelyn Cariss, Gina Forchelli

Co-Author 2014

Exploring metacognitive strategy use during note-taking for students with learning disabilities

Article, Education 3-13

Co-Authored with Joseph Boyle, Katelyn Cariss, Gina Forchelli

Co-Author 2013

How students are leading us: Youth organizing and the fight for public education in Philadelphia

Article, Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education

Co-Authored with Jerusha O. Conner

Research Summary

Dr. Rosen's research explores the intersections between youth organizing, youth leadership, identity development, organizational identity, and neoliberal educational policy.  Her past work examined how young people take on identities as organizers/activists and, in doing so, shaped the identity of their youth organizing group.  Out of this project, she developed a model for conceptualizing identity as inhabiting space in the lives of individuals.  This work has also led to a critical exploration of the role of youth leadership in youth-serving organizations.  More recently, Dr. Rosen's research has turned toward understanding how students and other grassroots stakeholders are affected by and speak back to neoliberal educational policy.  

In addition to this focus on youth activism, Dr. Rosen was part of a research team that studied how middle school students with learning disabilities used a structured note-taking protocol in their science classes.