I am an Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and Policy Sociology and Director of the Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies at Wayne State University. I also direct the Detroit Data and Democracy Project. My current research examines educational and social inequality in relation to the post-welfarist educational policy complex of Detroit. I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals including Teachers College Record and Urban Review, as well as a number of chapters in edited volumes. My first book Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform (Routledge Critical Social Thought series) received the 2009 Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association.
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2003. I teach courses in critical education studies, curriculum studies, critical youth studies, and critical theory. A central concern in my teaching and research is the promotion of schools as sites in which youth develop the analytical skills and leadership qualities to identify and act upon problems that impact the community and region. In 2014 I joined the Board of the J Dilla Foundation, where I work with friends and family of the late James Dewitt Yancey to enhance and develop urban youth music programs.