I am an Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and Policy Sociology and Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project. I work closely with a number of community and teacher groups across Michigan to defend against the further destabilization of predominately Black districts and neighborhoods. My current research examines the educational dispossession and displacement of majority Black communities, utilizing Benton Harbor and Detroit as case studies. Participating with teachers, youth, and community advocates, my research seeks to stake out an educational agenda that exposes and overturns policies that grind down predominately Black districts, asserting instead a community-derived curriculum vision that centers schools as sites of neighborhood and cultural regeneration. 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.