Elizabeth Birr Moje
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Professor, School of Education



Elizabeth Birr Moje is the associate dean for research and community engagement and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She also serves as a faculty associate in the university’s Institute for Social Research, in Latino/a Studies, and in the Joint Program in English and Education.

Moje teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary and adolescent literacy, literacy and cultural theory, and qualitative and mixed research methods. Her research interests revolve around the intersection between the literacies youth are asked to learn in the disciplines (particularly in science and social studies) and the literacies they experience outside of school. In addition, Moje studies how youth make culture and enact identities from their home and community literacies, and from ethnic cultures, popular cultures, and school cultures. These research interests stem from the start of her career when she taught history, biology, and drama at high schools in Colorado and Michigan. Her current research focuses on communities and schools in Detroit, Michigan. She also engages in literacy professional development with teachers in Detroit and around the country.

Moje has published three books and numerous book chapters, as well as articles in journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, Science, Review of Research in Education, Reading Research Quarterly, Teachers College Record, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Research in the Teaching of English, Phi Delta Kappan, Urban Review, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Science Education. She is also a co-editor of the Handbook of Reading Research, Volume IV and the upcoming volume V of the Handbook.

In her current research and community engagement work, funded by foundations and federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, Moje uses an array of methods to study and support young people’s disciplinary literacy learning. In related work focused on teacher learning, which has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and by Excellent Schools Detroit, Moje has developed Teaching and Learning the Disciplines through Clinical Practice Rounds, with colleague Robert Bain.  The Rounds Project advances discipline-based adolescent literacy teacher education.  Moje and Bain were awarded the provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize at the University of Michigan in 2010 for the project.

Moje is currently serving on the National Academy of Science committee on Literacy for Science, the International Reading Association’s Literacy Research Panel; the William T. Grant Foundation’s Scholar Selection Committee; as president of National Conference on Research on Language and Literacy (NCRLL), and as incoming Vice-President for the division on Social Contexts of Education of the American Educational Research Association. She has also served as a member of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council’s Committee on Adolescent and Adult Literacy; the PISA Steering Committee; Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Adolescent Literacy Council; the Spencer Task Force on Enhancing Doctoral Education; the Spencer Foundation’s Exemplary Dissertation Award Committee; as research chair of NCRLL; and as an associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.  At the University of Michigan, Moje serves on the President’s Commission on Women (PACWI), the Provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee (PFAC), the M-Cubed Executive Committee, and the provost’s committee on Transforming Learning for the Third Century (TLTC).