Head shot of Mark McCarthy
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2018
  • M.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2011
  • B.A., St. John's University, Jamaica, NY, 2005

Mark's research draws from poststructuralist approaches and qualitative methodologies to investigate teacher preparation for literacy instruction, including the teaching of children's literature. Interests bridging his research and teaching include language and discourse, complexity, and critical multicultural education.

Courses Taught

  • Methods of Teaching Reading/Language Arts
  • Foundations of Literacy
  • Sheltered English Immersion
  • Children's Literature

Research Interests

  • Literacy Education
  • Qualitative Research
  • Critical Teacher Education

Certifications and Memberships

Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Selected Works


  • McCarthy, M. D. (2021). The paradox of authentic relationships in service-learning involving prospective teachers. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 13(2), 4-15.
  • McCarthy, M. D. (2020). Othering authors in the name of authenticity: Critiquing colonialism with The Arab of the Future. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, 58(4), 22-30.
  • McCarthy, M. D. (2018). Critically teaching criticality?: Modeling social and pedagogical inquiry with literary texts. Studying Teacher Education, 14(2), 174-193.
  • McCarthy, M. D., Apol, L., & Roue, B. (2018). “But I’ve never been to Lebanon...” and other reflections on unrelatable texts. WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom, V(4), 6-12.