Dr. Gholnecsar Muhammad

Gholnecsar (Gholdy) MuhammadDr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad is an associate professor of literacy, language, and culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies Black historical excellence within educational communities with the goal of reframing curriculum and instruction today.
Dr. Muhammad’s scholarship has appeared in leading academic journals and books, including Research in the Teaching of English, Urban Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Language Arts, and Written Communication. Her recognitions include the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English, Promising New Researcher Award, the 2016 NCTE Janet Emig Award, the 2017 GSU Urban Education Research Award, and the 2018 UICxpertise.
Having served as a middle school teacher, literacy specialist, school district administrator, and school board president, wrote the best-selling book Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy. She also co-authored the book, Black Girls' Literacies: Transforming Lives and Literacy Practices, published by Routledge. By working with teachers, leaders, parents, and youth across the United States and South Africa in best practices in culturally and historically responsive instruction, the Historically Responsive Literacy/Culturally & Historically based framework significantly influenced educational practice in 2021.