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Jessica Blundell

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Jessie Blundell (she/her) is a mother, a teacher, a runner, and a breast cancer survivor. She is passionate about literacy acquisition as a human right and has 20+ years of experience as a K-8 teacher/RSP/literacy specialist/instructional coach, and 10 years of experience as an adjunct professor/writing coach. Her doctoral degree is from USF, in International and Multicultural Education, with an emphasis on Human Rights Education. She also received a Master’s in Teaching Reading and teaching credentials (multiple subject CLAD, single-subject English, and reading) from USF, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Dr. Blundell is a critical pedagogue and values building relationships and engaging in academic dialogue across disciplines.


  • Research methodologies
  • Teacher education
  • K-8 literacy

Research Areas

  • Human rights education
  • Literacy
  • Teacher professional development and coaching


  • University of San Francisco, EdD International and Multicultural Education, HRE
  • University of San Francisco, MA Teaching Reading, 2008
  • University of Virginia, BA in Anthropology and Women's Studies, 1999

Prior Experience

  • Literacy Specialist/Instructional Coach, Phillips Brooks School
  • Literacy Specialist/Instructional Coach/Resource Specialist, SMFC
  • Literacy Specialist/Instructional Coach,SFUSD
  • Resource Specialist, OUSD
  • Curriculum Developer, Aim High

Awards & Distinctions

  • SF Ed Fund: Literacy Innovation Grant recipient, 3 years
  • Social Justice Scholarship: University of San Francisco, 2 years
  • Graduate Merit Scholarship, University of San Francisco, 5 years

Selected Publications

  • Blundell, J. (2015) Each One, Teach One: The History and Legacy of the Black Panther Party for an Elementary School Audience. In S. Katz and A. Spero (Ed.s) Bringing Human Rights Education to US Classrooms: Exemplary Models from Elementary Grades to University. New York, NY: Palgrave.
  • Koirala-Azad, S., & Blundell, J. (2011). Concepts of choice and motivation in the discourse on the globalization of higher education. Intercultural Education, 22(3), 135-148.