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Walter Stern

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Walter Stern


Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

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wcstern@wisc.edu

Personal Biography

Walter C. Stern is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Tulane University, and his research focuses on the historical intersection of race and education in the urban United States. His current book project, Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2018. The book explores the critical role that schools played in the development of the modern segregated metropolis. His teaching and research interests developed out of his experiences teaching public high school in Mississippi, covering education for a daily newspaper in Georgia, and working as a consultant for multiple education initiatives in Louisiana.


Education

Ph D, History
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

MA, History
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

BA, American Studies, Cum laude
Yale University
New Haven, CT


 

 

Research Interests

Dr. Stern is an historian of education. His research examines the historical intersection of race and education in the urban United States, particularly in the American South. In addition to his current book project on segregated schooling, urban development, and racial inequality in New Orleans, he is engaged in projects exploring high school student activism during the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, school desegregation and resegregation, and the role of schools in the advent of mass incarceration. He is particularly drawn to projects that enhance understanding of national educational issues and policies through historical analyses of local conditions, communities, and actors.

Awards and Honors

  • Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Prize
    Organization: History of Education Society
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: International
    Date(s): 2015
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