Ph.D., Multicultural Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison,2002

M.A., Educational Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor,1997

B.A., Music Theory and Composition, Youngstown State University,1990

Awards, Honors, Associations

Derrick A. Bell Legacy Award Critical Race Studies in Education Association, 2015 - 2015

Pardee RAND Summer Faculty Fellowship RAND, 2014 - 2014

Fellows for Innovation and Change Southern Education Foundation, 2013 - 2013

SEF Fellows Innovation and Change Southern Education Foundation, 2013 - 2016

Affiliated Faculty of the Urban Education Collaborative University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2014 - 2014

Outstanding Recent Graduate University of Wisconsin--Madison, 2012 - 2012

Ebony Excellence Awards, Most Supportive Faculty Ebony Excellence Awards, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 2012 - 2012

Early Career Research Award Division K, American Educational Research Association, 2009 - 2009

Research & Service

My primary research interest focuses on how issues of race, class and gender intersect and impact educational equity in urban schooling contexts. I locate my research within two theoretical frameworks: Critical Race Theory and Black feminist theories. My colleague, Celia K. Rousseau-Anderson, and I edited CRT in Education: All God's Children Got a Song (2006, Routledge) one of the first book-length texts on CRT in education. Most recently, I am interested in how educational equity is mediated by school reform policies in the urban south. Specifically, I am interested in 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."


Dixson, A., Buras, K., & Jeffers, E. (2015) The color of reform: Race, education reform and charter schools in post-Katrina New Orleans Qualitative Inquirty 21 (3), 288-299  link >

Dixson, A., Donnor, J., Reynolds, R., & , . (2015) Is the post-racial still racial?: Understanding the relationship between race and education NSSE Yearbook, Teachers College Record: New York, NY, USA

Dixson, A. (2014) Researching race in education: Policy, practice and qualitative research Information Age Publishing as part of the Education Policy in Practice: Critical Cultural Studies series Edited by Rodney Hopson and Edmund Hamann: Charlotte, NC, USA  link >

Lynn, M., & Dixson, A. (2014) Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education Routledge-Falmer Press: New York, NY, USA  link >

Dixson, A., Royal, C., & Henry, K. (2013) School reform and school choice in Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans. Handbook of Urban Education Routledge: New York, USA  link >

Hopson, R., & Dixson, A. (2013) Race, ethnography and education Routledge: New York, NY, USA  link >

Donnor, J., & Dixson, A. (2013) The Resegregation of Schools Education and Race in the Twenty-First Century.. Routledge: New York  link >

Chapman, T., Dixson, A., Gillborn, D., & Ladson-Billings, G. (2013) Critical Race Theory. Handbook of Educational Theories Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC, USA  link >

Chapman, T., Dixson, A., David, G., & Gloria, L. (2013) Critical Race Theory. The Handbook of Educational Theories Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC, U.S.A..  link >

Cook, D., & Dixson, A. (2013) Writing critical race theory and method: A composite counter-story on the experiences of Black teachers in New Orleans post-Katrina International Journal of Qualitative Studies 26 (10), 1238-1258  link >

Dixson, A., & Dodo-Seriki, V. (2012) Positional and Identity Theories in Qualitative Research. Reviewing Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences Routledge: New York, NY, USA  link >

Dixson, A. (2012) Straight, no chaser: Race and Music Education Advances in Music Education Research  link >

Dixson, A. (2011) Whose Choice?: A critical race perspective on charter schools. Neo-Liberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, late capitalism and the remaking of New Orleans University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, MN, USA  link >

Hopson, R., & Dixson, A. (2011) Race, Ethnography and Education Ethnography and Education 6 (1), 131  link >


Secretary Politics of Education SIG, 2014 - 2016

Chair National Council for the Teachers of English-Assembly for Research, 2014 - 2015

Chair National Council of Teachers of English, 2014 - 2015

Member Standing Committee on Communication and Outreach, AERA, 2012 - 2015

Member, Editorial Board Women, Gender and Families of Color, 2014 - present

Chair, Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award Committee Division B, AERA, 2013 - 2014

Associate Chair NCTE-Assembly for Research, National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation, 2013 - 2014

Race, Ethnicity and Education, 2013 - present

Secretary Division G, AERA, 2010 - 2013

Co-Facilitator Professional Development, AERA, 2012 - 2012

Editorial Board Member National Education Policy Center, 2011 - present

Member American Educational Research Journal, 2011 - present

Member Think Tank Review Panel, National Education Policy Center, 2011 - present

Guest Editor, Special Issue Teachers College Record, 2011 - 2011

Editorial Board Member Teachers College Record, 2004 - present


Critical Race Theory & Educ Focuses on critical race theory as a critique of racism and the law in U.S. society and discusses its current applications to education policy and research in K-12 schooling and higher education. Also looks at how critical race theory can be used as a methodological lens for policy analaysis and educational research.

Race, Gender & Sexuality Issu Examines contemporary theories of race, gender, class, and sexuality, as well as analyzing how their dynamics play out in U.S. public schooling and history. In an attempt to discuss a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to diversity, we will shift among historical, sociological, political, theoretical and pedagogical issues. Traces the place of diversity in forming notions of citizenship, community, identity, and political affiliation/alliance. While two extended examples will focus on the interplay of race, class, and gender in the school-based issues of drop out rates and gendered interactions in the classroom and playground, we will also consider contemporary theories of diversity in local and global contexts. Course Information: Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Education with an emphasis on Diversity and Equity in Education Program or instructor approval.

Researching Race in Education Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Adrienne Dixson

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



361 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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