Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division
African American psychology; effects of at-risk neighborhoods on youth, family, and parental engagement; racial/ethnic socialization and negotiation
Howard Stevenson is an expert on psychology, racial literacy, and racial trauma. His book — Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference — focuses on how educators, community leaders, and parents can emotionally resolve face-to-face racially stressful encounters that reflect racial profiling in public spaces, fuel social conflicts in neighborhoods, and undermine student emotional well-being and academic achievement in the classroom. Dr. Stevenson has served for thirty years as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in impoverished rural and urban neighborhoods across the country. He is an expert on African-American psychology, family and parental engagement, effects of at-risk neighborhoods on youth, violence prevention, racial rejection, racial/ethnic socialization, bullying and community leadership development. Stevenson directs Penn GSE’s Racial Empowerment Collaborative.
Jonathan Zimmerman reviews three books on the desegregation of schools after the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and unpacks the ruling's ongoing legal and historical questions.