Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education, Teacher Education, and Childhood Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Travis Wright is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education, Teacher Education, and Childhood Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the founder/director of the BASES Project, a school and community-based intervention for homeless preschool students, their families, and teachers. Blending developmental, clinical, and educational perspectives, Wright studies how schools influence social-emotional and identity development for children and teachers navigating challenging circumstances. Previously, he worked as a school-based mental health counselor, public school teacher, and early childhood educator in Washington, DC and Boston Public Schools.

Experience

  • 2012–present
    Assistant Professor, Multicultural Education, Teacher Preparation, and Childhood Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2006–2012
    Assistant Professor, Educational Research, The George Washington University

Education

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    State of Wisconsin, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • 2006 
    Harvard University, Doctorate of Education (Ed.D)- Human Development and Psychology
  • 2006 
    Harvard University, Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)- School Adjustment Counseling
  • 2002 
    Harvard University, Masters of Education (Ed.M)- Human Development and Psychology
  • 1998 
    University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Bachelor of Arts- College Scholars

Publications

  • 2015
    On coming out in practicum: An autoethnography of (non)disclosure, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • 2014
    Too scared to learn: Teaching young children who have experienced trauma., Young Children
  • 2013
    “I keep me safe.” Risk and resilience in children with messy lives, Phi Delta Kappan
  • 2013
    ‘Making it’ versus satisfaction: How women raising young children in poverty assess how well they are doing, Journal of Social Service Research
  • 2012
    Critical absence in the field of educational administration: Framing the (missing) discourse of leadership in early childhood settings, International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation
  • 2012
    Is that all there is? GLBTQ adolescent support in the best of circumstances: One family's story, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership
  • 2011
    Countering the politics of class, race, gender, and geography in early childhood education. , Educational Policy
  • 2011
    The rush towards universal public pre-k: A media analysis, Educational Policy
  • 2011
    Tell me lies: Confronting the preschool closet, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership
  • 2010
    Learning to Laugh: A Portrait of Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood, Harvard Educational Review
  • 2007
    On Jorge Becoming a Boy: A Counselor's Perspective, Harvard Educational Review