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Walter Stern

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Walter Stern

Assistant Professor
Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

203 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Office: 504/655-3234

wcstern@wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Walter C. Stern is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960, which received the 2018 William Prize for the best book on Louisiana history. His teaching and research focus on the historical intersection of race and education in the nineteenth- and twentieth century US, with an emphasis on metropolitan areas and the US South. Much of his work considers how state actions pertaining to education, housing, and criminal justice historically structured opportunity and inequality and gave material meaning to the concept of race. He is currently working on a book about school desegregation and the making of mass incarceration.


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.

Publications

  • Stern, W. (2019). Why Desegregation Matters: Educational Inequality and the Pursuit of Democracy. Journal of Urban History.
  • Stern, W. (2019). Historian: New Orleans’ swap of school building for field can't offset decades of racial discrimination. New Orleans Advocate.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Stern, W. (2018). Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764- 1960. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press.
  • Stern, W. (2018). Long before Ruby’s Walk: New Orleans Schools, Race, and Thinking beyond Backlash. Journal of African American History. 103(4), 526-559.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Stern, W. (2018). Guest column: Let those who have served time vote. New Orleans Advocate.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Stern, W. (2018). Brief of Historians as Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellants. Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) v. Louisiana. Louisiana: No. 2017-CA-1141 (First Circuit, Court of Appeal).
    Online Publication/Abstract

Presentations

  • Stern, W. (2017, November 4). School Desegregation’s Forgotten History of School Violence, Annual Meeting of the History of Education Society, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Stern, W. (2017, September 30). Beyond Backlash: The 150-Year Battle Over Schools, Race, and the Future of New Orleans, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Stern, W. (2016, October 15). An Educational Soweto: Public Schools, Low-Income Housing, and the Making of the Second Ghetto, Biennial Urban History Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2019
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2019
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship
    Organization: National Academy of Education
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Description: This fellowship will support my research during the 2018-2019 academic year into the intertwined histories of school desegregation and mass incarceration.
    Date(s): September 01, 2018 - May 31, 2019
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2018
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: International
    Date(s): 2015
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