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Nancy Ares

Nancy Ares

Associate Professor
Teaching & Curriculum
LeChase Hall 468
(585) 273-5957
PhD, Auburn University (educational psychology)
BS, The University of Arizona (ecology and evolutionary biology)

Nancy Ares joined the Warner School in 2003 to teach doctoral-level courses in learning and teaching theories and research methods, as well as master’s-level courses in adolescent development; race, class, gender and disability in American education; and educational equity in global contexts. She has taught at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, and coordinated academic support programs for underrepresented and migrant students. Her primary concentration in teaching is in addressing power, culture, class, and privilege as central issues in educational research and practice. To that end, she explores social constructivist and critical approaches with students to pose problems and investigate solutions.

Ares conducts research using critical geography and sociocultural theories as frameworks for investigating classroom and community practices. This research focuses on social and spatial practices that shape participation, how structures and activity are mutually constituted, and how power and roles are negotiated through social interaction. Her work in formal and informal settings emphasizes resource-rich approaches to understanding school and community transformation. She is committed to bridging multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives in studying learning, teaching, and culture as complex phenomena.

Her work has been published in the American Educational Research JournalAnthropology & Education Quarterly, Teachers College RecordCognition & Instruction, International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative LearningJournal of Literacy ResearchInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Mathematical Thinking and Learning.

She is the author and editor (with Edward Buendía and Robert Helfenbein) of Deterritorializing/Reterritorializing: Critical Geography of Educational Reform (Sense, 2017); and Youth-full Productions: Cultural Practices and Constructions of Content and Social Spaces (Lang, 2009). She is also co-author, with Edward Buendía, of the book Geographies of Difference: The Social Production of the East Side, West Side, and Central City School (Lang, 2006).

She is currently conducting a multi-year case study that focuses on community-based standards for school-aged children’s learning and development in a Children’s Defense Fund-sponsored Freedom School (FS) summer program provided by North East Area Development (NEAD), a not-for-profit in upstate NY. This community-based participatory research is aimed at disrupting academic and social structures that maintain social, academic, and economic inequities. Ares and her community collaborators are working to 1) identify ways that forms of community cultural wealth (CCW) manifest in a FS summer program, and 2) understand the relationship between CCW and FS staffs’ criteria for students’ social and academic learning. 

In the News
7/25/2019 Crossing Borders: Warner Professor Teaches Scholarly Life, Academic English in China 
2/27/2019 Wednesday Lunch Hour - A Freedom School's Response to Miseducation
5/10/2017 New Sociology of Education Book Co-Edited by Warner School Professor
12/14/2015 Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity to Examine Campus Climate
11/09/2015 How Freedom Schools Use Resources of Oppressed Students, Parents, and Communities
10/07/2015 Wednesday Lunch Hour - Residents' Claims to Community Spaces
6/30/2015 Blog Post: Nancy Ares on Charleston Shooting and Dealing with White Privilege and Inequality
4/22/2015 Warner Lunch Hour - Freedom Schools as Settings for Youth Development: Identifying Community Based Assets and Accountability Criteria
4/10/2015 The Plight of Invisibility:  Community Reception and Book Signing
4/01/2015 Former, Current Warner School Researchers Publish Book to Help Support the Educational Needs of Rochester’s Latina/o Students
12/09/2013 Research Roundtable Presented By ED 506
12/09/2013 Research Roundtable Presented By ED 506
3/13/2013 Wednesday Lunch Talk — Engaging Youth in Community Activism
2/21/2013 Engaging Youth in Community Activism: A Class Project Designed to Give Students a Closer Look at Adolescence
4/27/2012 Warner Diversity and Inclusion Committee Celebrates Five Years
5/25/2011 Warner Fosters Dialogue on Diversity, Inclusion at University Conference
11/06/2010 Improving Student Achievement While Overcoming Adversity
10/27/2010 Warner Study Referenced in Democrat and Chronicle Editorial
9/23/2010 Warner School to be Honored at Ibero Luncheon
5/12/2010 Emerging Scholarly Writers: Students Give Behind-the-Scenes Look into the Creation of Youth-full Productions
4/12/2010 Youth-full Productions: Meet the Authors, Hear Their Stories
1/25/2010 Professor, Students Collaborate on New Book Examining the Rich Resources Marginalized Youth Bring to the Classroom
12/14/2009 Doctoral Research Poster Session
3/06/2009 Ares Publishes Study on Innovative Classroom Technologies in Top-tier Education Journal
8/22/2008 Teen Action Team Empowers Rochester Surround Care Community Youth to Have a Voice in the Community
8/07/2008 Doctoral Research Poster Session
3/23/2008 Warner School Promotes Diversity in Education
10/01/2007 Ares Publishes Geographies of Difference
8/01/2007 Larson Edits Second Edition of Book on Literacy Education
7/02/2007 Three Warner Faculty Earn Tenure, Promoted to Associate Professor
5/30/2007 Paula Kluth to Speak in Rochester
5/16/2007 Promising Youth Researchers Present Issues Relevant to Rochester Youth
5/10/2007 Students Present Symposium on Youth Cultural Practices
5/01/2007 Ares Wins Excellence in Teaching Award
12/16/2006 Poster Session
8/14/2006 Doctoral Research Poster Session
5/16/2006 Research Presentation
12/08/2005 Poster Session
8/10/2005 Doctoral Research Poster Session
1/01/2005 Ares Explores Networked Technology
8/11/2004 Poster Session
12/11/2003 Poster Session
8/01/2003 Warner Welcomes New Faculty, Staff, and Students

ED415 Adolescent Development and Youth Culture (ages 10 to 20)
EDE436 Diversity and Equity in Education
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
ED506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
EDU522 Theory and Research in Learning
ED535 Creativity in Qualitative Methods