Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color

Celebrating the contributions of scholars of color to education.

In 2008, Dean Andy Porter and Prof. Shaun Harper initiated GSE's Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color program, a series that brings faculty of color from across the country and their research to the School. Each year, a number of scholars of color are invited to GSE. Visiting scholars have a short residence at Penn GSE, including a formal lecture and opportunities to share their research and insights with faculty and students.

Many of the talks given by the visiting scholars are videotaped. We encourage you to tune in — either by watching the videos or by attending a talk.


2016-2017 Scholars

October 2016 — David E. Kirkland

Executive Director, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
Associate Professor, English and Urban Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University

“His Name was Derrick Todd: Literacy and the Education of Black Men and Boys”
>>Watch video


2015-2016 Scholars

April 2016 — Ruth N. López Turley

Professor of Sociology, Director, Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), Rice University

“Connecting Research and Policy to Reduce Inequality”
>>Watch the video

March 2016 — Cecilia Rios Aguilar

Associate Professor of Education, University of California Los Angeles, Director, Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)

“Using Big (and Critical) Data to Unmask Inequities in Community Colleges”
>>Watch the video

February 2016 — Brenda Jones-Harden

Associate Professor, Developmental Science Program, Department of Human Development, University of Maryland

“Buffering Children Against Adversity Through Early Childhood Intervention”
>>Watch the video


2014-2015 Scholars

April 2015 — Cynthia Feliciano

Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology & Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine

“Rethinking the Immigrant Paradox in Education”
>>Watch the video

March 2015 — Maisha T. Winn

Susan J. Cellmer Endowed Chair in English Education, Professor of Language and Literacy, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education

“Toward a Restorative Teacher Education in the Time of Mass Incarceration”
>>Watch the video 

February 2015 — Django Paris

Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

“Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Theory and Practices for a Changing Nation”
>>Watch the video 

December 2014 — Christopher Lebron

Assistant Professor of Philosophy & African American Studies, Yale University

“Thoughts on Democratic Racial education and Moral Virtue”
>>Watch the video 

October 13, 2014 — Angel L. Harris

Professor of Sociology & African and African American Studies, Duke University

Is the Compass Really Broken: Parental Involvement in Children's Education
>>Watch the video


2013-2014 Scholars

April 15, 2014 — Caroline S. Turner

Professor of Education Leadership & Policy Studies, California State University - Sacramento

Modeling Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender: Practices to Cultivate the Next Generation of Diverse Faculty
>>Watch the video

February 18, 2014 — Ebony O. McGee

Assistant Professor of Diversity and Urban Schooling, Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University

Marginalized STEM Talent: Young, Gifted, and Robust...yet Fragile
>>Watch the video

December 3, 2013 — Derrick Darby

Professor of Philosophy & Law, University of Kansas

Why the Origins of the Racial Acheivement Gap Matter
>>Watch the video

October 1, 2013 — John Diamond

Hoefs-Bascom Associate Professor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Despite the Best Intentions: The Persistence of Racial Inequality in "Good" Schools
>>Watch the video


2012-2013 Scholars

April 2, 2013 — Vanessa Siddle Walker

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Educational Studies, Emory University

A More Effective Way: An African American Curricular Model for Education in the Segregated South
>>Watch the video

February 5, 2013 — Brandesha Tynes

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

Online Racial Discrimination and Mental Health Outcomes among a Diverse, School-based Sample of Adolescents 

December 4, 2012 — Kimberly Griffin

Associate Professor of Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland

Aligning Agendas: Reconsidering Connections between Excellence, Mentoring, and Faculty Diversity 
>>Watch the video

September 27, 2012 — Rich Milner

Associate Professor of Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Reforming Teacher Education in Challenging Times.


2011-2012 Scholars

April 3, 2012 — Carla O'Connor

Arthur Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Education, Univeristy of Michigan

Black Boys in a White School: Differential Negotiations of Raced Micro-Interactions
>>Watch the video

February 7, 2012 — Robert Jiminez

Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture, Vanderbilt University

Better Comprehension through Translation
>>Watch the video

October 4, 2011 — Karolyn Tyson

Associate Professor of Sociology & Director, Undergraduate Studies, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A specialist in qualitative research focused on issues related to schooling and inequality, Dr. Tyson is particularly interested in understanding the complex interactions between schooling processes and the achievement outcomes of black students. Her recent book, Integration Interrupted, examines how and why black students have come to equate school success with whiteness. Based on more than ten years of research, this book shows how the practice of curriculum tracking in the aftermath of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision contributed to students casting academic achievement as a “white thing.”
 >>Watch the video


2010-2011 Scholars

October 7, 2010 — Nancy Lopez

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of New Mexico

Broadly interested in "race," ethnicity, education, gender, Latino/a studies, and qualitative methodologies, Dr. Lopez has a new book in process, Dismantling the Achievement Gap in the Southwest (with Jane Hood), is revising her first book, Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys, and has completed the data collection for the Discipline Study and the Indigenous Education Study Group, a Public Education Department grant that examines the state of education for Native Americans in New Mexico.
>>Watch the video

December 2, 2010 — Violet Harris

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Education

Focusing on literacy, socio-cultural influences on literacy and schooling, and teacher education, Dr. Harris is currently working on a content analysis of historic literacy materials for African American children and monitoring two trends in children's literature: biracial/multiracial children and religion.
>>Watch the video

April 21, 2011 — Arnetha Ball

Professor of Education, Stanford University

Broadly interested in speech/language pathology, students' language and literacy practices in multicultural settings, and the processes of teacher change and development, Dr. Ball is currently doing research on the writing and writing instruction of culturally and linguistically diverse students; preparing teachers to teach diverse student populations; linking sociocultural and linguistic theory with educational practice; and using the linguistic resources present among culturally diverse populations to enhance curriculum and instruction.
>>Watch the video


2009-2010 Scholars

April 6 — Pedro Noguera

Professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University

Dr. Noguera's scholarship and research focus on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. Noguera has served as an advisor and engaged in collaborative research with several large urban school districts throughout the United States. He has also done research on issues related to education and economic and social development in the Caribbean, Latin America and several other countries throughout the world.
>>Watch the video

February 9 — Dr. Sofia Villenas

Professor at Cornell University's Department of Education

Dr. Villenas' research interests encompass the areas of multicultural education, Latino education, ethnography, educational anthropology and cultural studies. Current research projects include a qualitative study of how diverse families and youths experience inclusion and exclusion in a college town school district, an ongoing study of how immigrant Latino parents navigate parenting, schooling and sites of adult learning in new Latino destinations, and a conceptual project involving the question of how to think through educational problems with the knowledge and theories emanating from communities of color.
>>Watch the video

October 9 — Dr. Ronald Ferguson

Lecturer in education and public policy at Harvard University

Dr. Ferguson is an economist and Senior Research Associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. His research and writing for the past decade have focused on racial achievement gaps, appearing in a variety of publications. He is the creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement and also the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University.
>>Watch the video


2008-2009 Scholars

April 21 — Anthony Lising Antonio

Associate Professor, School of Education, Stanford University

A scholar of American higher education, Dr. Antonio is currently focused on two key topics: how students and their families gather and digest information about college admissions, and how increasing racial and cultural diversity is affecting higher education.
>>Watch the video

March 17 — Miguel Urquiola

Assistant Professor, School of International & Public Affairs and Department of Economics, Columbia University

A former World Bank researcher and expert in economic development, Dr. Urquiola's work centers on educational issues in developing countries and the United States, such as the effects of voucher financing and accountability schemes.
>>Watch the video

January 13 — Rochelle Gutierrez

Associate Professor in Latina/o Studies, Mathematics Education, and Curriculum and Instruction
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Gutierrez's current research projects-one in a Chicago high school and another in two Mexican middle schools-examine the development of teacher practice and teaching communities that achieve equity in students' mathematics participation and achievement.
>>Watch the video

December 9 — Luis Moll

Professor of Language, Reading, and Culture, College of Education, University of Arizona

Dr. Moll's work connects culture, psychology, and education, especially in studies of literacy and regarding the education of Latino children in the United States.
>>Watch the video

October 14 — Derald Wing Sue

Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University

A pioneer in the study of multiculturalism across the disciplines of psychology, education, counseling, and therapy, Dr. Sue is the author of Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice and Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation.
>>Watch the video