Allison Skerrett

Allison Skerrett

Associate Professor

Language & Literacy Studies


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 334A

(512) 232-4883

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
Adolescent Literacy
English Methods
Research on Adolescent Literacy In and Out of School
Sociocultural Influences on Learning
Teaching Secondary English and Reading

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Curriculum & Instruction
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78729-0379
UT Mail Code: D5700



Dr. Skerrett is an associate professor in the Language and Literacy Studies program area and an affiliate faculty member in the Cultural Studies in Education program area. Her teaching and research interests include secondary English education, adolescent literacy, and sociocultural influences on teaching and learning.




Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Boston College, 2007


Representative Publications

Skerrett, A. (2015). Teaching transnational youth: Literacy and Education in a changing world. New York:Teachers College Press.

Skerrett, A. (2014). Religious literacies in a secular literacy classroom. Reading Research Quarterly, 49(2), 233-250.

Skerrett, A. (2012). Languages and literacies in translocation: Experiences and perspectives of a transnational youth. Journal of Literacy Research, 44(4), 364-395

Skerrett, A., & Bomer, R. (2011). Borderzones in adolescents' literacy practices: Connecting out-of-school literacies to the reading curriculum. Urban Education, 46(6), 1256-1279.

Skerrett, A. (2011). "Wide open to rap, tagging and real life:" Preparing teachers for multiliteracies pedagogy. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 6(3), 185-199.

Skerrett, A. (2010). Of literary import: A case of cross-national similarities in the secondary English curriculum in the United States and Canada. Research in the Teaching of English, 45(1), 36-58.

Skerrett, A., & Hargreaves, A. (2008). Student diversity and secondary school change in a context of increasingly standardized reform. American Educational Research Journal, 45(4), 913-945.


Recent Awards

  • Literacy Research Association, Early Career Award, 2013
  • The University of Texas at Austin Summer Research Award, 2011
  • Dean's Fellowship, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011-2012

Current Research Projects and Grants

Becoming Teachers of Secondary English Language Arts in Urban Contexts

Borderzones in Adolescents' Literacy Practices

Literacy Learning across Transnational Settings


Research Interests and Expertise

Secondary English Curriculum, Adolescent Literacy, Multicultural Education, Sociocultural Influences on Teaching and Learning

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • WGBH Boston, Advisory Board member, Education Department
  • Research in the Teaching of English, an NCTE Journal, Editorial Board, 2012-Present
  • American Educational Research Association, Educational Change Special Interest Group, Program Chair (2009-2012).
  • International Reading Association's 2010 Standards for Reading Professionals Revision Committee (2008-2010)
  • International Reading Association, Research Committee (2010-Present).
  • Literacy Research Association, Student Outstanding Research Award Committee (2010-2012).