Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia
Working on building the political will for public education in a city with a very diverse population demands a sophisticated understanding of cultural differences, how representation is determined, how power can work for and against marginalized communities as well as the theory and practices of social change. These are all questions I confronted and struggled with during my course work and research at Pitt. My dissertation work demanded I come to some understanding of how abstract theories of social change can and do interact with the material realities of everyday life. That work has proven to be invaluable to me in my current work of listening to citizens for input as we set educational policies.
PhD Year: 1997
Specialization: Policy, planning and politics