Dr. Adrienne D. Dixson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and the Interim Director of the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities. She earned an MA in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former classroom teacher in New Orleans, LA, her research interests focus on how issues of race, class and gender intersect and impact educational equity in urban schooling contexts. Her scholarship is located within two theoretical frameworks: Critical Race Theory and Black feminist theories. Her current research focuses on how educational equity is mediated by school reform policies in the urban south. Specifically, she is examining school reform in post-Katrina New Orleans, how local actors make sense of and experience those reform policies and how those policies become or are “racialized.”
She edited, along with her colleague, Celia K. Rousseau-Anderson, Critical Race Theory in Education: All God’s Children Got a Song (2006, Routledge) one of the first book-length texts on CRT in education. Her latest publications examine race and education or race and educational research will be released this spring on Routledge-Falmer Press. Most notably, she and Marvin Lynn co-edited the Handbook of Critical Race Theory and Education also published by Routledge.