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Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Professor, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Editorial activity, Women, Gender, and Families of Color (Journal), 2015 - present

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.

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Publications

Dixson, A. D., Ladson-Billings, G., Suarez, C. E., Trent, W. T., & Anderson, J. D. (Eds.) (2020). Condition or Process? Researching Race in Education. American Educational Research Association.

Dixson, A. D., James-Gallaway, C., Cardenas, N. D., & Perkins-williams, R. (2019). Critical Perspectives on School Choice. In M. Berends, A. Primus, & M. G. Springer (Eds.), Handbook of Research on School Choice (pp. 73-86). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351210447-6  link >

Dixson, A. D., Gillborn, D., Ladson-Billings, G., Parker, L. J., Rollock, N., & Warmington, P. (Eds.) (2018). Critical Race Theory in Education. (Major Themes in Education). Routledge.

Dixson, A. D., James, A., & Frieson, B. L. (2018). Taking it to the Streets: Critical Race Theory, Participatory Research and Social Justice. In J. T. DeCuir-Gunby, T. K. Chapman, & P. A. Schutz (Eds.), Understanding Critical Race Research Methods and Methodologies: Lessons from the Field (pp. 64-75). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315100944-6  link >

Dixson, A. D. (2018). “What’s Going On?”: A Critical Race Theory Perspective on Black Lives Matter and Activism in Education. Urban Education, 53(2), 231-247. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085917747115  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Rousseau Anderson, C. (2018). Where are We? Critical Race Theory in Education 20 Years Later. Peabody Journal of Education, 93(1), 121-131. https://doi.org/10.1080/0161956X.2017.1403194  link >

Donnor, J. K., Rousseau Anderson, C., & Dixson, A. D. (2018). The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same: Race, Education, and Critical Race Theory After 20 Years: An Appraisal. Peabody Journal of Education, 93(1), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1080/0161956X.2017.1403168  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Ladson-Billings, G. (2017). Harambee: Pulling It All Together. Teachers College Record, 119(1).

Anderson, C. R., & Dixson, A. D. (2016). Down by the Riverside: A CRT Perspective on Education Reform in Two River Cities. Urban Education, 51(4), 363-389. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085916638749  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Rousseau-Anderson, C. K. (2016). And We Are STILL Not Saved: 20 Years of CRT and Education. In A. D. Dixson, C. K. Rousseau Anderson, & J. K. Donnor (Eds.), Critical Race Theory in Education: All God's Children Got a Song Routledge Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315709796-3  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Rollock, N. (2016). Critical Race Theory. In N. A. Naples (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss755  link >

Dixson, A. D., Rousseau-Anderson, C. K., & Donnor, J. K. (Eds.) (2016). Critical Race Theory in Education: All God's Children Got a Song. (2 ed.) Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315709796  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Rousseau-Anderson, C. K. (2016). Introduction: Critical Race Theory and Education: Singing a “New” Song. In A. D. Dixson, C. K. Rousseau Anderson, & J. K. Donnor (Eds.), Critical Race Theory in Education: All God's Children Got a Song Routledge Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315709796-1  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Rousseau-Anderson, C. K. (2016). The First Day of School: 57A CRT Story. In A. D. Dixson, C. K. Rousseau Anderson, & J. K. Donnor (Eds.), Critical Race Theory in Education: All God's Children Got a Song Routledge Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315709796-4  link >

Dixson, A. D., Clayton, D. M., Peoples, L. Q., & Reynolds, R. (2016). The Impact of Racism on Education and the Educational Experiences of Students of Color. In A. N. Alvarez, C. T. H. Liang, & H. A. Neville (Eds.), The Cost of Racism for People of Color: Contextualizing Experiences of Discrimination (pp. 189-201). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/14852-009  link >

Donnor, J. K., Dixson, A. D., & Anderson, C. R. (2016). Introduction to the Special Issue: Sankofa—Looking Back to Move Forward in Critical Race Theory and Education. Urban Education, 51(3), 251-252. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085915621158  link >

Dumas, M. J., Dixson, A. D., & Mayorga, E. (2016). Educational Policy and the Cultural Politics of Race: Introduction to the Special Issue. Educational Policy, 30(1), 3-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/0895904815616488  link >

Henry, K. L., & Dixson, A. D. (2016). “Locking the Door Before We Got the Keys”: Racial Realities of the Charter School Authorization Process in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Educational Policy, 30(1), 218-240. https://doi.org/10.1177/0895904815616485  link >

Dixson, A. D., Buras, K. L., & Jeffers, E. K. (2015). The Color of Reform: Race, Education Reform, and Charter Schools in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(3), 288-299. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800414557826  link >

Dixson, A. D., Donnor, J. K., & Reynolds, R. E. (2015). Why the post-racial is still racial: Understanding the relationship between race and education. Teachers College Record, 117(14), 1-4.

Dixson, A. D. (2015). Yes, we did? Educational equity in a new post-racial society. Teachers College Record, 117(14), 171-184.

Stovall, D., & Dixson, A. D. (2015). The Waters Stay Troubled: A Dialogue on Race, Education, Researcher Accountability and Black Political Struggle in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Souls, 17(3-4), 162-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/10999949.2015.1125172  link >

Conrad, C., Dixson, A. D., & Sloan Green, C. T. (2014). A discussion on gender equity and women of color. Frontiers, 35(3), 3-14. https://doi.org/10.5250/fronjwomestud.35.3.0003  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Dodo Seriki, V. (2014). Intersectionality and Pedagogy: Teachers and the Quandry of Race, Class, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. In A. D. Dixson (Ed.), Researching Race in Education: Policy, Practice, and Qualitative Research (pp. 185-218). (Education Policy in Practice: Critical Cultural Studies). Information Age Publishing Inc..

Dixson, A. D. (2014). Introduction. In A. D. Dixson (Ed.), Researching Race in Education: Policy, Practice, and Qualitative Research (pp. xv-xxii). (Education Policy in Practice: Critical Cultural Studies). Information Age Publishing Inc..

Dixson, A. D. (Ed.) (2014). Researching Race in Education: Policy, Practice and Qualitative Research. (Education Policy in Practice: Critical Cultural Studies). Information Age Publishing Inc.

Chapman, T. K., Dixson, A. D., Gillborn, D., & Ladson-Billings, G. (2013). Critical Race Theory. In B. J. Irby, G. H. Brown, R. Lara-Alecio, & S. Jackson (Eds.), The Handbook of Educational Theories (pp. 1019-1026). Information Age Publishing Inc..

Cook, D. A., & Dixson, A. D. (2013). Writing critical race theory and method: A composite counterstory on the experiences of black teachers in New Orleans post-Katrina. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 26(10), 1238-1258. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2012.731531  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Lynn, M. (2013). Introduction. In M. Lynn, & A. D. Dixson (Eds.), Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203155721-8  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Lynn, M. (2013). Introduction. In Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education (pp. 1-6). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203155721  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Seriki, V. D. (2013). Positional and identity-based theories of research. In A. A. Trainor, & E. Graue (Eds.), Reviewing Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences (pp. 211-219). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203813324-16  link >

Dixson, A. D., Royal, C., & Henry, K. L. (2013). School Reform and School Choice. In H. R. Milner IV, & K. Lomotey (Eds.), Handbook of Urban Education (pp. 474-503). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203094280-42  link >

Donnor, J. K., & Dixson, A. D. (2013). Introduction. In J. K. Donnor, & A. Dixson (Eds.), The Resegregation of Schools: Education and Race in the Twenty-First Century (pp. xxv-xxvi). Routledge.

Donnor, J. K., & Dixson, A. D. (2013). The Resegregation of Schools: Education and Race in the Twenty-First Century. (Routledge Research in Education). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203522226  link >

Hopson, R. K., & Dixson, A. D. (2013). Guest Introduction: Intersections, theories, and meanings of race, racism, and educational ethnography. In R. K. Hopson, & A. D. Dixson (Eds.), Race, Ethnography and Education Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315539898-5  link >

Hopson, R. K., & Dixson, A. D. (Eds.) (2013). Race, Ethnography and Education. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315539898  link >

Lynn, M., & Dixson, A. D. (Eds.) (2013). Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203155721  link >

Dixson, A. D. (2012). Straight, No Chaser: Talking About Race and Music Education. In L. K. Thompson, & M. R. Campbell (Eds.), Situating Inquiry: Expanded Venues for Music Education Research (pp. 1-12). (Advances in Music Education Research). Information Age Publishing Inc..

Dixson, A. D. (2011). Democracy now? Race, education, and black self-determination. Teachers College Record, 113(4), 811-830.

Dixson, A. D., Donnor, J. K., & Anderson, C. R. (2011). Introduction to the special issue: The race for educational equity. Teachers College Record, 113(4), 699-702.

Dixson, A. D. (2011). Whose Choice? A Critical Race Perspective on Charter Schools. In C. Johnson (Ed.), The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans (pp. 130-151). University of Minnesota Press. https://doi.org/10.5749/j.ctttt043.9  link >

Hopson, R., & Dixson, A. D. (2011). Intersections, theories, and meanings of race, racism, and educational ethnography. Ethnography and Education, 6(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457823.2011.553076  link >

Hopson, R. K., & Dixson, A. D. (Eds.) (2011). Race, Ethnography, and Education. Ethnography and Education, 6(1).

Dixson, A. D., & Smith, J. D. (2010). "Jump at da sun": Black feminist influences on social justice pedagogy. In T. K. Chapman, & N. Hobbel (Eds.), Social Justice Pedagogy Across the Curriculum: The Practice of Freedom (pp. 104-120). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203854488-11  link >

Katz, L., Inan, H. Z., Tyson, C., Dixson, A., & Kang, H. Y. (2010). Professional development for the early learning content social studies standards. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2(2), 261-286.

Dixson, A. D., & Dingus, J. E. (2008). In search of our mothers' gardens: Black women teachers and professional socialization. Teachers College Record, 110(4), 805-837.

Dixson, A. (2008). "Taming the Beast": Race, Discourse, and Identity in a Middle School Classroom. Counterpoints, 316, 125-147. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42979842

Hodge, S. R., Harrison, L., Burden, J. W., & Dixson, A. D. (2008). Brown in Black and White—Then and Now: A question of educating or sporting African American males in America. American Behavioral Scientist, 51(7), 928-952. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764207311998  link >

Dixson, A., & Bloome, D. (2007). Jazz, Critical Race Theories, and the Discourse Analysis of Literacy Events in Classrooms. Counterpoints, 310, 29-52. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42979705

Dixson, A. D., & Dingus, J. E. (2007). Tyranny of the majority: Re-enfranchisement of African-American teacher educators teaching for democracy. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(6), 639-654. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518390701630775  link >

Ryan, C. L., & Dixson, A. D. (2006). Review of Research: Rethinking Pedagogy to Re-center Race: Some Reflections. Language Arts, 84(2), 175-183. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41962179

Dixson, A. D., & Rousseau, C. K. (2005). And we are still not saved: Critical race theory in education ten years later. Race Ethnicity and Education, 8(1), 7-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/1361332052000340971  link >

Dixson, A. D., & Rousseau, C. K. (2005). Editorial. Race Ethnicity and Education, 8(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1080/1361332052000340962  link >

Dixson, A. D. (2005). Extending the metaphor: Notions of jazz in portraiture. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(1), 106-137. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800404270839  link >

Dixson, A. D., Chapman, T. K., & Hill, D. A. (2005). Research as an aesthetic process: Extending the portraiture methodology. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(1), 16-26. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800404270836  link >

Decuir, J. T., & Dixson, A. D. (2004). “So When It Comes Out, They Aren’t That Surprised That It Is There”: Using Critical Race Theory as a Tool of Analysis of Race and Racism in Education. Educational Researcher, 33(5), 26-31. https://doi.org/10.3102/0013189X033005026  link >

Dixson, A. D. (2003). "Let's do this!": Black women teachers' politics and pedagogy. Urban Education, 38(2), 217-235. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085902250482  link >

Dixson, A. D. (2003). When Race Matters: Examining Race-Conscious Education Policy and Practice. Educational Researcher, 32(8), 39-43. https://doi.org/10.3102/0013189X032008039  link >

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Courses

Poli & Cultural Context of Ed (EOL 548) The political and social environment of public education in the United States; analysis of the power structure and its influence on educational policy making at the district level; examination of the evolving roles of state and federal agencies, the courts, private organizations, and interest groups in school governance. Studies the tension between the ideal of a democratically controlled public school system and the growing power of educational experts.

Poli & Cultural Context of Ed (EOL 548) The political and social environment of public education in the United States; analysis of the power structure and its influence on educational policy making at the district level; examination of the evolving roles of state and federal agencies, the courts, private organizations, and interest groups in school governance. Studies the tension between the ideal of a democratically controlled public school system and the growing power of educational experts. This section is for approved students in the EAL program only.

Ed Politics and Policies (EOL 561) This class will meet on the following weekends: August 30-31, September 20-21, October 18-19, November 15-16.

Politics of Education (EPOL 412)

Critical Race Theory & Educ (EPOL 516)

Researching Race in Education (EPOL 532) This course focuses on the methods and methodology that education researchers engage to research educational equity as it relates to race, racism and racial equity in education. Drawing on the research methods literature in the social sciences, humanities and education, this course is appropriate for graduate students in education, sociology, anthropology, and others who have an interest in research methods, methodology and educational issues.

Poli & Cultural Context of Ed (EPOL 539) This section is for approved students in the EAL program only. You must be approved by the department to register this section.

Politics of Education (EPS 423) Overview of the political structure and processes through which many of the major issues in education are treated; analyzes nature of the policymaking process in education and discusses the roles of principal participants in the process of educational decision making, but focuses on fundamental recurring issues in education and the ways these issues have been resolved or not resolved by the overall system. Particular attention to the role that both the federal and state judiciary as well as legislative authority have had in shaping educational policy.

Critical Race Theory & Educ (EPS 531) 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 analysis and educational research.

Critical Race Theory (EPS 590) 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. Title: Critical Race, Theory, and Ed Research Recommended Prerequisite: EPS 531

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