Dr. Jody L. McBrien

Dr. Jody L. McBrien USFSM

Title: Associate Professor

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Phone: 941-359-4200

Email: jlmcbrie@sar.usf.edu

Office: B212

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Jody L. McBrien is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She received her doctorate in Educational Studies from Emory University in May, 2005. She has received numerous awards for her research on international refugee resettlement, including the 2011 Faculty Research Award from USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, the 2012 Community Engaged Researcher Award from the Florida Campus Compact, a 2014 Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy, the 2017 USFSM Research Award, and the inaugural 2017 Research Travel Award from Wiley Publishing. During Spring 2017 she was a Visiting Scholar at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan, where she taught a class and researched Japan’s pilot refugee resettlement program.

Dr. McBrien’s service and much of her research focuses on children affected by war, whether they are resettled refugee students and their families, or children and families who have returned to their home communities following war. She has explored the connection between discrimination and academic motivation in adolescent refugee girls and evaluated refugee agency programs working to create bridges between new refugees, social services, and schools. She conducted longitudinal work in Lira, Uganda on the use of arts in healing and education. Based on her work in Lira, McBrien’s co-edited book, Cold Water: Women and Girls of Lira, Uganda, was published by Fountain Publishers in July 2015.

Dr. McBrien worked in the corporate world in education-related jobs prior to returning to academia. She is the former Senior Education Editor of CNN’s education website, and served as the Project Manager and Senior Editor of a high-school curriculum entitled Media Matters: Critical Thinking in the Information Age. She has also been Director of Communications at the National Reading Styles Institute in Long Island and Editor-in-Chief at the Family Education Network in Boston.

Dr. McBrien received her BS in Secondary Education and English from Clarion University and her MA in English from Purdue University. She was a Rotary International Fellow, during which time she received a post-graduate diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. For 12 years, she taught GED courses in the Berwick, Maine school district while teaching as an adjunct English instructor at the University of Southern Maine.


McBrien, J. L. (in press). Refugees, asylum-seekers, and other migrants: Help for teachers with problematic definitions and implications. Social Studies Research &Practice.

Stewart, J., McBrien, J. L., & Ezati, B. (2017). Rebuilding, Healing and Transforming: Innovative Approaches and Promising Strategies for Children Affected by War. International Journal of Talent Development and Creativity, 4(2).121-136.

Ezati, B. A., McBrien, J. L., Stewart, J., & Ssempala, C. (2016). Parents, Pay Attention! Factors related to parent involvement with education in Northern Ugandan. Australasian Review of African Studies, 37(2), 9-32.

McBrien, J. L, Stewart, J. & Ezati, B. (2016). Positive youth development and purpose. Contemporary Journal of African Studies, 4(1), 29-56.

McBrien, J. L. (2016). Refugees and asylum seekers. A. Peterson, R. Hattam, M. Zembylas, & J. Arthur (Eds.), The Palgrave international handbook of education for citizenship and social justice. Palgrave MacMillan.

McBrien, J. L., Ezati, B. A., & Stewart, J. (2015). Young women and survival in post-war: Experiences of secondary school girls in Uganda. In C. R. Rodriguez, D. Tsikata, & A. A. Amposo (Eds.), Transatlantic feminisms (pp. 213-234). Lanham, MD: Roman & Littlefield.

Stewart, J., Kuly, M., Ezati, B., & McBrien, J. (2015). The importance of storytelling for peace-building in post-conflict states. In L. Finley, J. Connors, & B. Wien (Eds.), Teaching peace through popular culture. Information Age Press.

McBrien, J. L., and Byers, J. G. (Eds.) (2015). Cold Water: Women and Girls of Lira, Uganda. Kampala: Fountain Publishing

McBrien, J. L. (2014). I ōrea te tuātara ka patu ki waho: Competing Priorities in the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy, Immigration New Zealand.

McBrien, J. L., & Day, R. (2012). From there to here: Using photography to explore acculturation with resettled refugee youth. International Journal of Child, Youth, and Family Studies, 3(4.1), 546-568.

Besic, J., & McBrien, J. L. (2012). Crossing international and research boundaries: From subject to author for an authentic refugee portrait. International Scholarly Research Network (IRSN) Education Journal, Vol 2012, Article ID 830938.

McBrien, J. L. (2011). The importance of context: Vietnamese, Somali, and Iranian refugee mothers discuss their resettled lives and involvement in their children's education. Compare, 41, 75-90.

McBrien, J. L. (2008). The world at America’s doorstep: Service learning in preparation to teach diverse populations. The Journal of Transformative Education, 6(4), 270-285.

McBrien, J. L. (2006). Serving the needs of at-risk refugee youth: A program evaluation. Journal of School Public Relations, 27, 326-341.

McBrien, J. L. (2005). Educational needs and barriers for refugee students in the United States: A review of the literature. Review of Educational Research, 75, 329-364.