Dr. Ashley Taylor Jaffee is the Assistant Director of Social Studies. She teaches the Seminar on Instructional Practice and Pedagogy (TPP 403) and Clinical Practice (TPP 404), supervises student teachers, and advises social studies students in the program. Dr. Jaffee is also the director of the Teachers as Scholars program, which provides the opportunity for area teachers to participate in day-long seminars led by Princeton faculty.
Dr. Jaffee received her BA in Political Science and MAT in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Virginia. She taught middle and high school social studies in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After teaching in Puerto Rico, Dr. Jaffee received her Ph.D. in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the Teacher Prep staff, she was an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at James Madison University (JMU). While at JMU, Dr. Jaffee taught a wide range of courses, chaired the College of Education’s Diversity Council, and conducted several lines of research.
Dr. Jaffee’s research focuses on social studies and citizenship education; culturally and linguistically relevant/sustaining pedagogy; emergent bilingual youth; and diversity, equity, and justice in teacher education. Her most recent publications are featured in Multicultural Perspectives, Theory & Research in Social Education, Teaching and Learning Inquiry, the Journal of Social Studies Research, Research in Middle Level Education, and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Dr. Jaffee's Google Scholar page.
Dr. Jaffee received the Early Career Award in 2018 from the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies. She was also awarded the Sarah Miller Luck ’14, ’15 Endowed Professorship for Excellence in Education (2019-2020), Madison Scholar Award (2019 – 2020), and Essie Glass Award (2017-2018) while at JMU.
Dr. Jaffee’s ultimate goal in teacher preparation is to catalyze pre-service and in-service teachers to reflect and act on how they can make a change in the world. What she values above all else, is the relationships she develops with her students. Outside of Ashley’s professional pursuits, she loves spending time with her family, reading, listening to music, and enjoying the outdoors.