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Patricia Enciso

Patricia Enciso

Patricia Enciso

Professor, Teaching and Learning


244 Arps Hall
1945 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Reading/Learning Cross-Culturally with Young Adolescents
  • Multicultural and Latino/a Literature
  • Sociocultural and Critical Research, Theory, and Practice
  • Middle Grades (4-8th) Literacy Education
  • Multicultural Literature in Education
  • Development of Literary Understanding

My current research focuses on 'global peers' and their collaborative production of local imagined and material spaces in their school and community.

I am also rethinking and documenting new forms of reading education that emphasize the arts (versus extended discussion) as a mode of interpretation. I argue that such approaches are more inclusive of and afford more critical inquiry into the meaning of cultural identity, agency, and power in texts and everyday interactions.



  • Wolf, S., Coats, K., Enciso, P., Jenkins, C. (Eds). (2010). The handbook of research on children's and young adult literature. New York: Routledge.
  • Lewis, C., Enciso, P. & Moje, E. (Eds.). (2007). Reframing sociocultural research on literacy: Identity, agency, and power. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.


  • Enciso, P. & Ryan, C. (2011). "Sociocultural theory: Expanding the aims and practices of language arts education." In D. Fisher & D. Lapp (Eds.) The handbook of research on teaching the language arts. New York: Routledge. 132-138.
  • Enciso, P. (2007). "Reframing history in sociocultural theory: Toward an expansive vision." In C. Lewis, P. Enciso & E. Moje (Eds.) Reframing sociocultural research on literacy: Identity, agency, and power. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 49-74.
  • Enciso, P. (2004). "Reading discrimination." In S. Greene & D. Abt-Perkins (Eds.) Making race visible: Literacy research for cultural understanding. NY, NY: Teachers College. 149-177.
  • Enciso, P. (1997). "Negotiating the meaning of difference: Talking back to multicultural literature." In T. Rogers & A. Soter (Eds.) Reading across cultures. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. 13-41.


  • Enciso, P. (in press; May 2011). "Storytelling in critical literacy pedagogy: Removing the walls between immigrant and non-immigrant youth." In H. Janks & V. Vasquez (Eds.) Special Issue: Critical Literacy Revisited: Writing as Critique for English Teaching: Practice and Critique.
  • Enciso, P., Cushman, C., Edmiston, B., Post, R. & Berring, D. (2011). "'Is that what you really want?': A case study of intracultural ensemble-building within the paradoxes of 'urbanicity'." In J. Neelands & K. Gallagher (Eds.) Special Issue of Research in Drama in Education: Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance: Drama and Theatre in Urban Contexts. 16 (2), 215-232.
  • Enciso, P., Wolf, S. A., Coats, K., & Jenkins, C. (2010). "Essay book review: Children's literature: Standing in the shadows of adults." Reading Research Quarterly. 45 (2), 252-263.
  • Enciso, P., Volz, A., Price-Dennis, D., & Durriyah, T. (2010). "Story club and configurations of literary insights among immigrant and non-immigrant youth." In R. JimĂ©nez, D. Rowe, V. Risko & M. Hundley (Eds.) 59th Yearbook of the National Reading Conference. Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference. 354-366.