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2015-2016 IUME Faculty Fellows
Each year, IUME invites select scholars to join the Institute as a "Faculty Fellow" who act as a liaison and partnering academic in our journey towards social justice. In collaboration with Teachers College and IUME, each present a Colloquia that critically engages the community. We are humbled to announce this year's IUME Faculty Fellows below:
Dr. Brian Lozenski
Brian D. Lozenski is an assistant professor in the School of Urban Education at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his master’s degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota where he studied the cultural contexts of teaching and learning in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. His research explores the intersections of critical participatory action research, Africana Studies, and cultural relevance in the education of youth of African descent. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Lozenski taught mathematics for over a decade in Philadelphia, PA and St. Paul, MN. As a teacher educator and researcher he has worked with other educators, parents, schools, and districts to develop perspectives and strategies that aspire toward social justice while illuminating the historical realities that have created current educational disparities.
Dr. Lozenski holds deep commitments to a community-engaged research framework where academic researchers follow the lead of community members and organizations to identify prevalent issues that can be addressed through an inquiry-based approach. He co-convened the first ever “What Went Wrong?: Reflecting and Learning from Community-Engaged Research” conference in 2014 where researchers from various communities and the academy analyzed the challenges of establishing reciprocal research partnerships. Dr. Lozenski also coordinates the Uhuru Youth Scholars program where high school youth gain college credit by conducting participatory action research through the lens of African knowledge systems. He co-created this partnership between multiple post-secondary institutions in the Twin Cities and a community-based family education center called the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD).
Dr. Derron Wallace
Derron Wallace is the Florence Kay Levy Fellow in Education and African American Studies at Brandeis University. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wheaton College (Massachusetts), where he studied sociology and the African diaspora. He received his M.Phil. in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge. He recently earned his Ph.D. in Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Marshall and Gates Cambridge Scholar. Derron’s research focuses on inequalities and identities of 'race', class and gender in urban schools and neighborhoods. More specifically, his work examines the educational outcomes of working class and middle class Black immigrants in urban public schools in global cities. Derron's most recent study explores the national, political and cultural factors that position Afro-Caribbean youth as 'high achievers' in New York relative to African Americans, and 'underachievers' in London compared to Black Africans.
For a number of years, Derron served as a professional Community Organizer with Citizens UK, the sister alliance of the Industrial Areas Foundation, where he trained hundreds of civil society leaders on the craft of community organizing and worked with an alliance of academic and religious institutions on community safety, immigration reform, youth rights and financial literacy. For the past three years, Derron has worked as a strategic consultant with local educational authorities in London and with nationally recognized non-profit organizations like the Catholic Association for Racial Justice and The Posse Foundation on program development and evaluation.
Derron brings to the Faculty Fellow post strong interests in global analyses of urban education, comparative and international perspectives on Black masculinities, and cross-national explorations of middle class parents in inner cities.
Click here to read about our 2012-2014 Faculty Fellows, Dr. Kenna Arbuthnot ('12-'13) and Dr. Limarys Caraballo ('12-'15), as well as watch their keynote presentations.
Click here to read about our 2011-2012 Faculty Fellows, Dr. David Wall Rice and Dr. Maisha Winn, as well as watch their keynote presentations.