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Joanna Tzenis

Assistant Extension professor

Current work, research and interests

Joanna's scholarly work and professional practice are concerned with issues of equity and opportunity in education, with an emphasis on pathways to higher education, the sociocultural foundations of education and advancing the use of community-engaged research processes. She focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating program models that bring together youth, families and community leaders to promote youth thriving in education by addressing barriers and expanding systems of support. Her dissertation research was a longitudinal study of the educational pathways of young people living in the Minnesota Somali diaspora. It explored the ways in which faith and family guided youth agency as youth worked to achieve their aspirations in and through education.

Academic degrees and experience

Selected publications


University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus

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