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Elizabeth Birr Moje

Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Marsal Family School of Education; Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research; Faculty Affiliate in Latino/a Studies, College of LSA


(734) 647-0621


Room 1110
610 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Elizabeth Birr Moje is dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture in the Marsal Family School of Education. Moje teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary and adolescent literacy, cultural theory, and research methods and was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize with colleague, Bob Bain, in 2010. A former high school history and biology teacher, Moje’s research examines young people’s culture, identity, and literacy learning in and out of school in Detroit, Michigan.

Moje has published 5 books and numerous articles in journals such as Science, Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Reading Research Quarterly, Socius, Journal of Literacy Research, Review of Education Research, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, International Journal of Science Education, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Her research projects have been or are currently funded by the National Institutes of Health/NICHD, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Spencer Foundation, International Reading Association, and the National Academy of Education. Moje is a member of the William T. Grant Foundation Board of Trustees, an elected member of the National Academy of Education, and an elected member of the Reading Hall of Fame. In 2022, She is recipient of the Oscar Causey Award for Distinguished Contributions in Literacy Research from the Literacy Research Association (2022); the Senior Career Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Council of Research on Language and Literacy (2023), and the  John J. Gumperz Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Scholarship from the American Educational Research Association (2024). She also was recognized among Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Leaders in Higher Education in 2023.

In September, 2018, together with several partners, including the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Kresge Foundation, Moje announced the Marsal Family School of Education’s participation in the development of a cradle-to-career education system in a northwest Detroit neighborhood, on the Marygrove College campus. This vertically aligned education continuum now supports the learning of children and families from before birth through age 5 as well as grades K-2, 9-12, and postsecondary educator preparation. The schools will continue to add one grade per year and until they have a comprehensive prenatal through grade 12 set of offerings for children and families in Detroit. 


Number Course Name Location Days
EDUC 706
Seminar: Issues in Research on Literacy

Investigates contemporary issues related to research on literacy. Specific topics vary each time the course is offered.

EDUC 402
Reading and Writing in Content Areas

Offers an introduction to the processes of reading and writing development, emphasizing methods and materials for teaching literacy skills in elementary and junior high schools (K–8).

Credit Hours: Undergraduates 3; Graduates 0.5-3

2346 Marsal School



Sensors in a Shoebox empowers Detroit youth to address fundamental questions about complex urban issues and make recommendations for improvements based on the evidence at the same time that they learn core skills and concepts in literacy, mathematics, science, history, and sociology.


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