Thursday, February 22, 2018

Doctoral alum Natalie R. Davis receives AERA Division G Best Dissertation Award


Natalie R. Davis, a doctoral alumna in Educational Studies, was awarded the 2018 Division G Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association. This award is given to honor a dissertation of exemplary conceptual, methodological, and rhetorical quality on an important topic that addresses social contexts of education.

Dr. Davis’ dissertation is titled "Hope in Those Places of Struggle: A Critical Exploration of Black Students' Agency in one Place-based and one African-centered Elementary School." Her committee members were Professor Carla O'Connor (chair), Professor Alford Young Jr. (cognate), Professor Michelle Bellino, Professor Robert Jagers, and Professor Elizabeth Moje. Natalie’s research focuses on issues of equity and self-determination in education. More precisely, she examines the relationship between school design, practice and children’s understandings of systemic and social issues. The review committee recognized “the amazing contributions of [her] work in relation to Division G’s mission on the social context in education.”

Davis will be presented with the award at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held in New York City.

Natalie Davis is Graduate Student Research Assistant

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