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Roberta Price Gardner

Clinical Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., Language and Literacy Education, University of Georgia, 2013
M.L.I.S., Library and Information Sciences, Clark Atlanta University, 2002
B.A., Sociology, University of Illinois, 1991


Critical Literacy
School-family-communal literacy partnerships
Sociocultural contexts of literacy teaching and learning


Roberta Price Gardner is a clinical assistant professor in the College of Education and  Human Development’s Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She received her doctorate from the University of Georgia in language and literacy education. Her literacy research focuses on high-needs communities of color, and highlights lived experience phenomena, issues of identity, critical perspectives on children’s and young adult literature, and creative and transformative literacy pedagogies in school-family-communal contexts.

As a graduate fellow for the University of Georgia Archway Partnership, she developed a strategic plan for a regional library system and worked with local education systems in Georgia to determine high-impact, research-focused ways to bolster literacy success in limited-resource communities. In 2014, she was named as a Fellow for the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE) Research Foundation’s Cultivating New Voices program and a recipient of the International Literacy Association’s Supporting Young Scholars program. She has taught courses in reading methods, oral language development, children’s literature and the arts, content area literacies, and writing pedagogy.


Gardner, R. (forthcoming). “Unforgivable blackness: Representation, Visuality, and Art in African American Literature for Children.”

Gardner, R. (2015). “If you listen you will hear: Race, place, gender, and the trauma of witnessing through listening in research contexts.” In
B. Love and V. Winters (Eds.) Black feminism in education: Black women speak back, up, and out. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Gardner, R. (2015). “Writing as a path to healing.” Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care.

Gardner, R. (2014). “Aspirational capital.” In Thompson, S. (ed), The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Gardner, R. (2013). The Otherside: Developing advocacy and cross-cultural awareness through political listening. Georgia Social Studies Journal [Online].