New Voices in Urban Education Research

New Voices in Urban Education Policy Research

Chancellor’s Seed Grant for Global Urban Studies

Urban Systems Ph.D. Program

The Urban Systems Ph.D. Program at Rutgers University-Newark is kicking off the academic year with a focus on urban education research and policy challenges facing many cities in the U.S. and abroad. You are invited to an exciting discussion of intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class and power in urban education. The panel features the work of three up-and-coming scholars who speak directly to education challenges facing many cities, such as Newark, New York, Atlanta, and London. With research ranging from state takeovers and school closings, to immigrant adaptation and changing race relations in schools, these scholars are sure to set the stage for lively discussion. Please join us!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015                                    

2:30-5:00 PM

Dana Room, Dana Library (4th Floor)

Dr. Domingo Morel, Visiting Lecturer, Wellesley College
Department of Political Science

Sally Nuamah, PhD candidate, Northwestern University
Department of Political Science

Dr. Derron Wallace, Assistant Professor, Brandeis University
Departments of African American Studies and Education

Dr. Shirley M. Collado, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, Associate Professor of Sociology
Rutgers University-Newark

Jamie Lew and Mara Sidney
Co-Directors of Urban Systems: Global Urban Studies at RU-N  

Urban Systems Ph.D. Program, Rutgers University-Newark, Chancellor’s Seed Grant for Global Urban Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Deans Office, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School-Newark               


Dr. Domingo Morel is a Visiting Lecturer at Wellesley College. He completed his PhD in Political Science at Brown University in 2014. His dissertation and current work explore how state takeovers of local school districts affect community participation in school affairs – specifically how Latinos and African Americans are impacted.  He examined Union City, Paterson, and Newark, NJ as case studies, and assembled a national database for a larger analysis. Morel has been active in state and local civic and political affairs in Rhode Island, including co-founding the Rhode Island Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, and serving on its board. He serves on the boards of the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund and the Latino Political Action Committee. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Morel was an educational counselor at University of Rhode Island. He holds an MA in Counseling and Educational Psychology.

Sally Nuamah is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University slated to complete her dissertation in June 2016. The dissertation, “The Political Consequences of Education Reform: How School Closings Influence Citizens’ Relationship to Government,” examines how political attitudes of citizens in poor and minority neighborhoods are affected by the education reform of school closings. Nuamah is the first to examine, from a political perspective, the targeting of these reforms on poor and minority neighborhoods, as well as their impacts on political action and attitudes of affected communities. The dissertation uses a multi-method investigation to examine the diverse ways education policies influence citizens’ relationship with government.

Nuamah’s interest in education policy crosses continents – her documentary film HerStory showcases the uphill battle toward academic success among young women in Ghana. Nuamah has held several fellowships, including with USAID, and has consulted for the UN Foundation focusing on gender and social justice in South Africa and Ghana. Last year, Nuamah held a visiting fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the Board of Trustees for George Washington University.

Dr. Derron Wallace is assistant professor of African American Studies and Education at Brandeis University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology of Education at University of Cambridge in 2014.  His research focuses on immigration and education, race and ethnicity, global Black masculinities, and comparative and international education. His doctoral work examined immigrant adaptation and the politics of ethnic exceptionalism of Afro-Caribbean youth in London and New York. His latest work addresses intersections of race, masculinity, and the schooling of boys and its impact on their social mobility. He has worked with the Department of Education in London to develop student leadership training programs, and to improve university-access for minority students. He has also served as a special assistant for policy research at the Ministry of Education at Kigali, Rwanda where he is implementing and researching policies to promote access to education for girls through partnership with NGOs.

Wallace was a Florence Levy Kay Postdoctoral Fellow at Brandeis, a faculty fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Dissertation Award from Division G, Social Context at American Education Research Association (AERA).


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