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Gordon Abner, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Employee morale; policy implementation; government performance

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Jennifer Adair, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Role of race, culture, and cross-cultural experiences in early childhood education

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Adewole Adamson, MD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Health disparities; race and medicine; artificial intelligence and algorithmic bias; health care costs; patterns of health care utilization

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Gabriel Amaro, PhD

Faculty Associate

Interests: Social inequality; residential segregation of minorities in the U.S.; political and municipal fragmentation; demographic research methods

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Germine Awad, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Prejudice and discrimination; identity and acculturation; body image among women of color; multicultural research methodology

Jamie Barner, PhD

Faculty Associate

Interests: Impact of pharmacy services on patient outcomes; factors that affect health care utilization and outcomes; factors associated with medication adherence

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Aprile D. Benner, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Development of low-income and race/ethnicity minority youth; investigating how social contexts influence school transitions, experiences of marginalization, and developmental outcomes during adolescence

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Sarah Brayne, PhD

Faculty Fellow |
512-475-8641 |
RLP 2.408J

Education: PhD, Princeton University

Interests: Surveillance, policing, big data, ethnography

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Anthony L. Brown, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Historical and contemporary issues; African American students in schools and society; race relations; cultural diversity; education

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Carolyn M. Brown, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Patients’ management of chronic illness; pharmacy services/education of ethnic minorities; cultural and social elements that may impact quality of care and therapeutic outcomes of patients with chronic illnesses, particularly ethnic minority patients who experience a disproportionate burden of poor health

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Christopher Brown, PhD

Faculty Associate

Interests: How early childhood education stakeholders across a range of political and educational contexts respond to policymakers’ high-stakes standards-based accountability reforms

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Keffrelyn Brown, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Multicultural teacher education; curriculum theory; underserved student populations; sociocultural knowledge; African American/Black education; race relations

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Simone Browne

Faculty Associate

Education: Ph.D., Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Interests: Black diaspora studies; Surveillance studies

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Chris Brownson, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Intersection of psychological factors and academic success; college student suicide/suicide prevention; collaborative care models of behavioral health in primary care; intersection of mental health and academic success, gender, race, and ethnicity in college student mental health

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Beth Bukoski, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Social justice; equity; diversity; the persistence and success of underrepresented students; the experiences of underrepresented faculty; leadership across the P-20 pipeline

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Joshua Childs, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Interests: Role of interorganizational networks; cross-sector collaborations; strategic alliances to address complex educational issues

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Kevin Cokley, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Education: Ph.D., Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University

Interests: Psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement; the impact of the impostor phenomenon in academic and mental health outcomes

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North Cooc, EdD

Faculty Associate

Interests: Racial and ethnic disproportionality; quantitative research methods; Asian Americans in education; summer literacy interventions; culture and diversity

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Catherine Cubbin, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Social epidemiology; social inequalities in health; neighborhood environments and health; conceptualization and measurement of socioeconomic status/position

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Noah De Lissovoy, PhD

Faculty Associate

Interests: Critical pedagogy and cultural studies; globalization, education, and social movements; race, racism, and coloniality; critical and Marxist theory; curriculum studies; feminist philosophy

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Michele Deitch, JD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Criminal justice; juvenile justice policy; prison conditions; management of youths in custody; juveniles in the adult criminal justice system

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Edwin Dorn, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Defense policy; race and immigration policy

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Kevin Foster, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Bringing together research, teaching, and community service to improve academic outcomes for African American and other students

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Terrance Green, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Nexus of urban school reform; socially-just community development; urban policy being leveraged to improve educational outcomes and community development in low income neighborhoods of color

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Louis Harrison, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Influences of race related self-schemata and African American racial identity on physical activity choices and performance

Lorna Hermosura, PhD

Faculty Affiliate

Interests: Restorative Practices, Trauma-Informed Practices, Implementation, and School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Mercedes Hernandez, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Serious mental illness; mental health disparities; first-episode psychosis; culturally competent evidence-based treatment for racial and ethnic minorities with serious mental illness and their families

Jennifer Holme, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Politics and implementation of educational policy; school desegregation; high stakes testing; school choice policy

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Yasmiyn Irizarry, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington

Interests: Sociology in education; race and ethnicity; sexuality and queer studies; social inequality; intersectionality

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Huriya Jabbar, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Social and political dimensions of market-based reforms and privatization in education, including school choice and decision making in K-12 and higher education contexts

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Peniel E. Joseph, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Black power studies; race and democracy; Africana studies; law and society; women’s and ethnic studies; political science

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Eric McDaniel, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Religion and politics; Black politics; organizational behavior

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Chandra L. Muller, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: STEM preparation and careers; how schools and education shape life course outcomes such as work and health

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Yolanda C. Padilla, PhD, MSSW

Faculty Fellow

Education: PhD, University of Michigan

Interests: Racial and ethnic disparities in health and well-being with an emphasis on Mexican American children and families, poverty, immigration, and applications to social welfare policy development

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Marcelo J. P. Paixão, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute (IUPERJ), Brazil

Interests: Racial inequality; affirmative action; quantitative methods applied to race and ethnic injustice; labor market; public policies monitoring and evaluation; poverty reduction programs; educational and health systems; land reform

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Deborah Parra-Medina

Faculty Fellow

Education: Ph.D., University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University

Interests: Community-based health promotion; underserved communities; participatory research methods; Latino health disparities; chronic disease prevention

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Tasha Philpot

Faculty Fellow

Education: PhD, University of Michigan

Interests: African-American politics, political psychology, public opinion and political behavior, political communication, political parties

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Richard J. Reddick, EdD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Mentoring in higher education; status of African American faculty in higher education; historically Black colleges and universities; best practices in promoting inclusivity and diversity in higher education; status of African American families in American society; experiences of students of color in American higher education

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Pedro Reyes, PhD

Faculty Associate

Interests: Conditions fostering high academic success for children of poverty; stratification of learning opportunities for children of color

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Erin M. Rodríguez

Faculty Associate

Interests: Family and sociocultural influences on children’s coping and adaptation to stress; development of coping in bilingual youth

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Victor B. Sáenz, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Higher education policy issues; educational benefits of racial/ethnic diversity; desegregation issues; access, transition, and retention issues for underrepresented college students, especially Latino males; policy impacts of affirmative action and remedial education policies; assessment issues in higher education

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Delida Sanchez, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Perceived racial discrimination; racial identity; risk behaviors; mental health outcomes among Black and Latino adolescents; identity development (intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and religion among populations of color)

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Lauren Schudde, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Inequality in postsecondary educational outcomes and returns; impact of educational policies and practices on student outcomes

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Allison Skerrett, PhD

Faculty Associate

Interests: Secondary English curriculum; adolescent literacy; multicultural education; sociocultural influences on teaching and learning

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Christen Smith, PhD

Faculty Associate

Education: Ph.D., Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University

Interests: Blackness; performance; racial formation; violence; Black women and transnational struggle; Black liberation and resistance in the Americas

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Miriam Solis, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Community planning; links between capital planning and social justice in cities; race and racism in environmental planning; role of organizational change for equity

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Audrey Sorrells, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Disproportionality in special education; students with Autism spectrum disorders; student veterans in higher education with PTSD/TBI/substance abuse problems; postsecondary students with disabilities; college student development and engagement; transfer and first-generation students; assessment in higher education

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Marie-Anne Suizzo, EdD

Faculty Fellow |
512-471-0379 |
SZB 506A

Education: EdD, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Interests: Parental involvement; child socialization; identity development; parental racial and ethnic socialization and its effects on development of ethnic minority children

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Eric Tang, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Education: Ph.D., American Studies, New York University

Interests: Race and urban social movements; past and present of racial segregation in Austin

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Kevin J.A. Thomas, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Demography; international migration; racial and ethnic inequality; children and families; development and social change in Africa

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Philip Treisman, PhD

Faculty Associate

Interests: Mathematics and science education; education policy; community service; volunteerism

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Luis Urrieta, Jr.

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Cultural and racial identities; agency as social and cultural practices; social movements related to education; learning in family and community contexts

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Fatima Varner, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Education: PhD, Northwestern University

Interests: Roles of ethnicity, gender, and context on parenting, family processes, and adolescent outcomes

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Ruth Wasem, PhD

Faculty Associate

Interests: Social welfare policies; human rights protections in immigration law

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Ahmed Whitt, PhD

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Influence of neighborhood contextual factors on adolescent mental health and behavioral outcomes

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Christine L. Williams

Faculty Fellow

Interests: Gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace

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Danielle Wright, PhD

Associate Director; Faculty Fellow

Interests: P-20 education; university-community partnerships; city and community resiliency; the ways that identity and experience shape policy and opportunity structures