My research focuses primarily on under-explored sources of educational inequality, particularly at the intersection of adolescent students' racial identities, gender identities, academic identities, emotionality, and future orientation.

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My dissertation research investigates the experiences of Black adolescent boys who have lost friends to gun violence. I seek to understand these young people's everyday grief-related rituals and interactions, the resources and supports they draw on, and how they are imagining their own futures after loss -- all within the context of their single-sex college preparatory high school. I employ ethnographic, narrative, and visual methods.

Previous research projects include:

  • A content analysis of the photographs Black youth posted under the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag after the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown (recently published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society).
  • An ethnography on the processes of masculinity production among third graders at an all-boys private school.
  • A youth participatory action research (YPAR) project with teenagers at an all-boys private high school about the meanings and consequences of "brotherhood" at their school.
  • A Listening Guide case study of a Black queer teenage boy at a turning point in his educational trajectory.
  • A comprehensive review of the interdisciplinary empirical and theoretical literature around the social construction of the categories of "good student" and "bad student."
  • An ethnographic case study of two high school boys of color on the moments of convergence of their in- and out-of-school learning and literacy practices. 

research organizations

Below are research centers and groups at the University of Pennsylvania with which I am affiliated:

  Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

  Racial Empowerment Collaborative

Racial Empowerment Collaborative

  camra @ Penn

camra @ Penn

  The Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives

The Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives