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Research interests:

Alex Corbitt, Ph.D.

Educator, Literacy Researcher

I am an Assistant Professor of Literacy at the State University of New York at Cortland. Prior to working in higher education, I was a seventh-grade English Language Arts teacher in the Bronx, New York.


My research focuses on how youths and adults represent their identities, communities, and civic lives through processes of play and co-authorship. Oriented by participatory and ethnographic methods, I engage in long-term partnerships with schools and organizations to understand their learning ecologies, reflexively analyze their pedagogical practices, and co-design justice-oriented programming. My recent scholarship examines how gamers collaboratively build worlds and compose narratives across digital role-playing communities and online video game platforms.


My teaching is grounded in constructivist, inquiry-based approaches to K-12 education. As a former English Language Arts teacher, my work with undergraduate and graduate students emphasizes critical explorations of multimodal literacies across the content areas. With a particular interest in play and co-authorship, my instruction centers interactive activities that engage learners in the collaborative design, critique, and implementation of dynamic pedagogies.

Critical literacies, play-based learning, co-authorship, and speculative fiction

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Academic & Professional History

2023 - Present

Assistant Professor of Literacy

SUNY Cortland, School of Education


Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development 

Ph.D. in Teaching, Curriculum, and Society


University Teaching Fellow

Boston College, Lynch School of Education and Human Development


Program Supervisor

Boston College Practicum Office


English Teacher

MS 331 - The Bronx School of Young Leaders


Fordham Graduate School of Education

Master of Science in Teaching Teaching Adolescents 7-12, Generalist/SPED Dual Certification


Fordham College at Rose Hill

Bachelor of Arts English Major, Philosophy Minor

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