2014, Ph.D., Education, The Ohio State University

2012, M.A., Education, The Ohio State University

2009, M.A., African American & African Studies, The Ohio State University

2006, B.S., Biochemistry, Xavier University of Louisiana

Research & Teaching  Interests

Womxn and girls of color as critical pedagogues
Youth activism as creative practice(s)
Communities as spaces for ethical and responsible engagements

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Butler, T. (2018). "Black Girl Cartography: Black Girlhood and Place-Making in Education." Review of Research in Education, 42(1), 28-45,

Butler, T. (2017). “We need a song”: Sustaining Critical Youth Organizing Literacies through World Humanities. Equity and Excellence in Education, 50(1), 84-95.

Butler, T. (2017). #Say[ing]HerName as critical demand: English Education in the age of erasure. English Education, 49(2), 153-178. (Full issue:

Baker-Bell, A., Butler, T., & Johnson, L. (Guest editors, 2017). Editorial—The pain and the wounds: A call for critical race English Education in the wake of racial violence. English Education, 49(2), 116-129. (Full issue:

Butler, T. (2016). “Stories behind their hands”: The creative and collective “actionist” work of girls of color.  English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 15(3), 313-332.

Reed, P., & Butler, T. (2015). Flipping the Script: When Service Learning Recipients Become Service Learning Givers. Theory into Practice, 54(1), 55-62.

Publications in Progress

Rooted Literacies: Black Women's Placemaking and Memory Work on Johns Island, Book Manuscript.

"The Cartography of Storytelling: Black Girl Mapping Practices." Book chapter under review.

“Ruptures in the Map: Black Women’s Epistemic Landscapes through Xaviera Simmons’s Lenses." Book chapter, in production.