Marva Cappello, Ph.D.

Marva Cappello, Ph.D.
  • Professor & Director, JDP & Center for Visual Literacies
  • School of Teacher Education


Marva Cappello, Ph.D. is a Professor of Teacher Education and the Director/Founder of the Center for Literacies at San Diego State University where her work focuses on visual-based methods as equitable and inclusive practice for literacy pedagogy and qualitative research. The Center is an international community for teachers and scholars and recently hosted the well-attended symposium Voices of Women of Color: Visual-Based Research Methods on campus. Recent publications of her visual-based research have been published in the International Journal of Education & the Arts, Literacy Research: Theory Methods and Practice, Issues in Teacher Education, and The Reading Teacher highlighting studies she has completed near the US/Mexico border, Samoa, and Belize. Dr. Cappello teaches courses in literacy methods and assessment as well as qualitative research methods at the credential, masters, and doctoral levels.

  • Cappello, M. & Lafferty, K.E. (2015). The roles of photography for developing literacy across the disciplines, The Reading Teacher, 69 (3), 287-295.

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