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Professor Erin M O'Brien,  Ed. M.


E-mail: erinm.obrien"at"umb.edu

Office: Campus Center, 1st floor, room 1300

Phone: (617) 287- 6550


A two-time UMass Boston alumna who earned  my B.A in History and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics, as well as a Ed. M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.  I've been influenced by constructivists like Vygotsky and critical theorists including Habermas. Some of my research interests include classroom ethnography, cross-cultural education, and composition theory. In addition to this course I teach a First Seminar: Mass Media and Society which explores the problems and promises associated with the social construction of knowledge in the context of the War on Terror. I frequently present at conferences, including UMB's Teaching for Transformation.