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BER Seminar Series: Research on Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice

Champaign , USA

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Researching Equity and Diversity for the Next America

Professor James D. Anderson

Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

James D. Anderson is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education; Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; Executive Associate Dean for the College of Education; and affiliate Professor of History. His scholarship focuses broadly on the history of U.S. education, with specializations in the history of: African American education in the South, higher education desegregation, public school desegregation, and African American school achievement in the 20th century. His book, The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935, won the American Educational Research Association outstanding book award in 1990. Anderson has served as an expert witness in a series of federal desegregation and affirmative action cases, including Jenkins v. Missouri, Knight v. Alabama, Ayers v. Mississippi, Gratz v. Bollinger, and Grutter v. Bollinger. He served as an adviser for and participant in the PBS documentaries School: The Story of American Public Education (2001), The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (2002) and Forgotten Genius: The Percy Julian Story. He was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2008. In 2012, he was selected as a Fellow for Outstanding Research by the American Educational Research Association and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. In 2013, he was selected Center for Advanced Study Professor.

 ~ A light lunch will be provided ~

Want to come, but won't be around?  Dr. Anderson's seminar will be live streamed: 


Free and open to the public


Tanya Sutton,


Bureau of Educational Research