Race, inequality, cultural deficiency narratives, and schooling

Date & time

Oct 19, 2012, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Michigan League, Michigan Room
911 N. University Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be provided.

Angel Harris is an Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Princeton University. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Office of Population Research, the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, and Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University.

His research interests include social inequality, policy, and education. His work focuses on the social psychological determinants of the racial achievement gap. Specifically, he examines the factors that contribute to differences in academic investment among African Americans, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and Whites. He also studies the impact that adolescents' perceptions of opportunities for upward socio-economic mobility have for their academic investment, and the long-term effects of youths' occupational aspirations both within the United States and Europe.

Dr. Harris earned a Bachelor's Degree from Grambling State University, a Master's degree from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal (Arts) Education.

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