Brian Mooney

Assistant Professor
Peter Sammartino School of Education



  • Language Development and Literacy I
  • Language Development and Literacy II


  • Teacher Education
  • Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies
  • Digital and Media Literacies
  • Youth Activism
  • Popular Culture in K-12 Classrooms
  • Hip Hop and Spoken Word Pedagogies
  • Narrative and Poetic Inquiry
  • Arts-Based Research Methodologies
  • Humanizing and Decolonizing Qualitative Methodologies


  • BS, Teaching English 7-12, New York University
  • MA, Teaching of English, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • PhD, English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Academic Profile

Dr. Brian Mooney is a teacher-educator, poet, scholar, and author from New Jersey. He earned his Ph.D. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Mooney’s research explores the intersections of language, literacy, and popular culture. He previously worked as a high school English teacher, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, and teacher coach in some of New Jersey’s largest and most diverse school districts. Dr. Mooney has given talks, led workshops, and provided professional development for teachers around the country. In June 2015, his teaching caught the attention of Pulitzer Prize-winning hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar and resulted in a school visit by the rapper. Dr. Mooney’s first book, Breakbeat Pedagogy: Hip Hop and Spoken Word Beyond the Classroom Walls, was published in 2016 by Peter Lang Academic Publishing. His work has been featured by The New York Times, BBC, Rolling Stone, NBC, MTV, NPR, ASCD, and the National Writing Project. His curriculum vitae and publications can be found on his website.

Professional Organizations and Service:

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • New Jersey Department of Education Advisory Board Member

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