Strekalova-Hughes-Ekaterina
Ekaterina (Katya) Strekalova-Hughes
Assistant Professor

Biography:

Dr. Strekalova-Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education/Urban Teacher Preparation at the UMKC’s School of Education. She received her PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo and, before then, an MA from Volgograd State University, Russia.


Research Areas:

Dr. Strekalova-Hughes’ research concentrates on culturally sustaining teaching of learners from refugee backgrounds. More specifically, she is interested in family storytelling as a culturally and linguistically sustaining practice in communities of resettled refugees. She also investigates how legal, political, and economic mechanisms around refugee flight shape generative discourses about children from refugee backgrounds (e.g., representations in children’s literature).

Degrees:

Ph.D., Early Childhood Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

Publications:

Selected works: 

Strekalova-Hughes, E. S. & Wang, X. C. (2019). Perspectives of children from refugee backgrounds on their family storytelling as a culturally sustaining practice. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 33(1), 6-21.  

Wang, X. C., Strekalova-Hughes, E.S., & Cho, H. (2019). Going beyond a single story: Experiences and education of refugee children at home, in school, and in the community. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 33(1), 1-5.  

Strekalova-Hughes, E. S. & Wang, X. C. (2017). Intercultural experiential continuum: A case study of early childhood teachers working with refugee children. Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 6(1), 61-88.  

Strekalova-Hughes, E. S. (2017). Comparative analysis of intercultural sensitivity among teachers working with refugees. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 31(4), 561-570. 

Strekalova-Hughes, E. S. (under review). Unpacking refugee flight: Critical content analysis of picturebooks featuring refugee protagonists. International Journal of Multicultural Education. 

Strekalova-Hughes, E. S., Lewman, K., & Peterman, N. (under review). Legally scripted fictions: Fathers and fatherhood in picturebooks with young protagonists from refugee backgrounds. Children’s Literature in English Language Education.

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