Jay Lemke is a professor of education at the University of Michigan. After getting his Ph.D in Theoretical Physics at the University of Chicago in 1973, Dr. Lemke taught at Brooklyn College as a faculty member in the School of Education. Between 2000 and 2002, he was the Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the City University of New York.
He has been a co-editor of and reviewer for several professional journals. He pursues broad research interests, including Postmodernism, Critical Theory, Masculism, Sexualities, Discourse Analysis, Social semiotics, and Ecosocial Dynamics.
He has done significant research in linguistics, literacy, science education and semiotics. His best known work, Talking Science, has influenced research methods and practice in science education, and was translated into Spanish as Aprender a hablar ciencia.
- University of Chicago 1973 Ph.D. (Theoretical Physics)
- University of Chicago 1968 M.S. (Physics)
- University of Chicago 1966 B.S. (Physics)
- Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values. Ablex Publishing, 1990.
- Textual Politics: Discourse and Social Dynamics. Taylor & Francis, 1995.
- "Intertextuality and Educational Research." Linguistics and Education 4(3-4): 257-268, 1992.
- "Across the Scales of Time: Artifacts, Activities, and Meanings in Ecosocial Systems" Mind, Culture, and Activity 7(4): 273-290. 2000.
"Ecosocial Dynamics concerns ecosocial systems and networks, i.e. those ecosystems, including all material components, for which semiotic practices are essential to characterizing the dynamics of the material processes which constitute the system through their networks of mutual interdependencies."