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Rachel Besharat Mann

Associate Professor of the Practice in Education Studies

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BSE St Johns University
MS Fordham University
PHD Fordham University

Rachel Besharat Mann

A scholar of the cognitive and developmental aspects of the learning sciences with a focus on the interaction of digital media with literacy development, Rachel Besharat Mann brings an interdisciplinary lens to the College of Education Studies at Wesleyan University. Her current work explores adolescent literacy through social media and digital platforms to inform curriculum development and pedagogical practice. Prior work has focused on the impact of social media on adolescent psychosocial development. Additionally, Besharat Mann serves as a research consultant for Digital Promise, a non-profit educational company seeking to improve education access and opportunity, building models of learning variability ground in relevant research. These endeavors are enriched by over ten years of experience as an educator within the New York City Public School system.

Besharat Mann earned her B.A. in History from St. John's University, her Master's in Literacy Development and her Ph.D. in Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research from Fordham University. Prior to her appointment at Wesleyan in 2021, she served as a professor of educational psychology and curriculum and teaching at Fordham University in New York.  

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Spring 2024
EDST 333 - 01
Social Media and Development

EDST 335 - 01
Learner Differences

Fall 2024
EDST 226 - 01
Contemporary Literacy

EDST 226 - 02
Contemporary Literacy

EDST 245 - 01
Children's Educational Media