I am an Associate Professor of Education Leadership and Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I study the history and politics of race, inequality, and leadership in U.S. education.

My research on Black school superintendents and school desegregation remain foundational to my scholarship, which is concerned primarily with how school and community leaders fulfill the promise of equality of educational opportunity for neglected and oppressed peoples. These themes are central to my book, Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration, and current projects examining the paradox of race and social justice leadership discourses in education research, practice, and policy.

I am an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and involved in a range of professional service activities, which are available on my CV.