I’m Dr. Zane Wubbena. I work as a Data Analyst in the Division of Special Education Program Reporting in the Department of Review and Support at the Texas Education Agency. At the agency, I’m helping develop a compliance monitoring system for special education in Texas.
I completed my Ph.D. in School Improvement (research methodologies) at Texas State University, where I received the 2017 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. I also served as a Gabriela Mistral Scholar, where I traveled and studied student movements in Chile, as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative. My dissertation examined how the news media frames education policy issues related to Chile and the United States. My research interests include research methodology, media effects, framing theory, and education policy. My more recent research has focused on the theory of emotional inhibition and expressive writing therapy as a social-emotional intervention that teachers and school counselors can use for helping kids who have experienced a trauma in school (e.g., bullying and school shootings). I’ve taught special education at the primary and secondary levels.
My service to the scholarly community includes serving as website director for the John Dewey Society, education editor for the journal Cogent Education, and associate editor for the journals Dewey Studies and The Journal of School & Society. You can use this website to learn more about my research and work. Email me if you have a question: zwubbena[@]gmail.com.