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Professor Linn Posey-Maddox

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Professor Linn Posey-Maddox

Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies

219 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
MADISON, WI 53706
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Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Linn Posey-Maddox is an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Department of Afro-American Studies. Posey-Maddox’s research and teaching interests are focused on urban and suburban education; education and urban policy; families and schools; and qualitative research methods. In her research she seeks to understand: 1) how social inequities linked to race, class, and place shape the school and community experiences of parents, students, and teachers and 2) how individuals and groups contribute to the production, reproduction, or challenging of educational inequities in their choices and everyday actions. She uses qualitative methods to explore these questions, and draws principally on sociological perspectives. She is the author of When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education (University of Chicago). She has published articles in journals such as Teachers College Record, the British Journal of Sociology of Education, the Journal of Education Policy, and the American Journal of Education. Both Dr. Posey-Maddox’s teaching and research are informed by her experiences as a former elementary school teacher.


Education

Ph D, Social and Cultural Studies in Education
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

MA, Social and Cultural Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

CLAD Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential,
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

BA, Political Science, Women and Gender Studies
Macalester College
St. Paul, MN


 

 

Research Interests

urban and suburban education, sociology of education, education and urban policy, families and schools, qualitative research methods

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 2017-2019 - "Vilas Associates Award," Awarded By: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Linn E. Posey-Maddox.

Publications

  • Posey-Maddox, L. (2016). Challenging the Dichotomy Between “Urban” and “Suburban” in Education Discourse and Policy. The Educational Forum. 80(2), 225-241.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E., & Haley-Lock, A. (2016). One size does not fit all: Understanding parental engagement in the contexts of work, family, and public education. Urban Education, pp. 1-28.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L. (2016). Beyond the consumer: Parents, privatization, and fundraising in U.S. urban public schooling. Journal of Education Policy. 31(2), 178-197.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Haley-Lock, A., & Posey-Maddox, L. (2015). Fitting It All In: How Mothers’ Employment Shapes Their School Engagement. Journal of Community, Work, and Family.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L., Kimelberg, S., & Cucchiara, M. (2015). “Seeking a ‘Critical Mass’: Middle-Class Parents’ Collective Engagement in City Public Schooling”. British Journal of Sociology of Education.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2014). Review of the book Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap, by P. Gorski. Teachers College Record.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2014). When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education. University of Chicago Press.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E., Kimelberg, S., & Cucchiara, M. (2014). Middle-Class Parents and Urban Schools: Current Research and Future Directions. Sociology Compass. 8(4), 446-456.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2013). Professionalizing the PTO: Race, Class, and Shifting Norms of Parent Engagement in a City Public School. American Journal of Education. 119, 235-260.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2012). Middle- and Upper Middle-Class Parent Action for Urban Public Schools: Promise or Paradox? Teachers College Record. 114(1).
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L. (in press). Schooling in suburbia: The intersections of race, class, gender, and place in Black fathers’ engagement and family-school relationships. Gender and Education.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (in press). Race in Place: Black Parents, Family-School Relations, and Multi-spatial Microaggressions in a Predominantly White Suburb. Teachers College Record.

Presentations

  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2016, April 10). "Lessons about Race and Place: Race Socialization and the Educational Engagement of Black Suburban Parents", American Educational Research Association, Washington D.C.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2015). "Living and Learning in Suburbia: Black Parents, Family School Relationships, and Lessons about Race", Association of Black Sociologists, Chicago, IL.
  • Posey-Maddox, L., Presenter & Author (2015). In Search of Opportunity: The Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Suburban Black Parents’ Family-School Relationships, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Posey-Maddox, L., Presenter & Author (2014, August 29). "From City to Suburb: Examining the Experiences and Educational Engagement of Black Parents in a Suburban Context", Royal Geographical Society Annual Meeting, London, England.
  • Posey-Maddox, L., Presenter & Author, & Haley-Lock, A., Author Only (2014, August 17). “Doing Enough”? Examining Parents’ and Educators’ Understandings of and Experiences with Family-School Relations.", American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Haley-Lock, A., Author Only, & Posey-Maddox, L., Presenter & Author (2014, August 16). "Fitting It All In: How Mothers’ Employment Shapes Their School Engagement.", American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2013, April 30). "The Politics of Parent Fundraising in Support of Urban Schools", American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E., Kimelberg, S., & Cucchiara, M. (2012, August 19). Gentrification Goes To School: A Three-City Examination of Middle-Class Investment in Urban Public Schools, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2011). Towards a New Framework for Understanding "Urban" Educational Issues, Three Deans Annual Meeting, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2011). (Re)constructing the "Urban": The Politics of Middle-Class Parental Engagement in Urban Public School Change, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2010). 'A Resume to Participate?': Race, Class, and Collective Parent Involvement in Urban Public Schooling, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2008). Integration Through Gentrification? The Politics of Race, Class, and Demographic Change in a City Public School, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2008). Integration Through Gentrification?: The Politics of Race, Class, and Demographic Change in a City Public School, Interrogating Diversity Conference, American University, American University, Washington D.C.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2006). 'Doin' Our Own Thing' After School: Influences on Social Capital Activation in a Middle School Setting, Sociology of Education Annual Meeting, Asilomar, CA.
  • Posey-Maddox, L.E. (2005). Interest Groups, Educational Decision-Making, and Mutual Accountability: Bringing Students, Families, Housing Officials, and City Planners to the Table, American Educational Researchers Association, Montreal, Canada.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Reviewer Award
    Organization: American Educational Resaerch Journal, American Educational Research Association
    Purpose: Service, Professional
    Scope: International
    Date(s): 2016
  • UW-Madison Class of 1955 Teaching Excellence Award
    Organization: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Purpose: Teaching
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date(s): 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award
    Organization: American Educational Research Journal, American Educational Research Association
    Purpose: Service, Professional
    Scope: International
    Date(s): 2015
  • Fall Competition Award
    Organization: The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: “Examining African American Parents' Experiences and Engagement in Suburban Public Schooling.”
    Date(s): 2013 - 2014
  • Fall Competition Award
    Organization: The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: Primary Investigator, “Family Engagement in Children’s Schooling: The Interplay of Employment and School Climate.” (with Anna Haley-Lock, Co-Investigator)
    Date(s): 2012
  • Fall Competition Award
    Organization: The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: Primary Investigator, “The Middle-Class in the City: Examining Demographic Change in Chicago Neighborhoods and their Public Schools.”
    Date(s): 2010 - 2011
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
    Organization: University of California, Berkeley
    Date(s): 2010
  • Dissertation Fellowship
    Organization: Ford Foundation
    Date(s): 2008 - 2009
  • Dissertation Fellowship
    Organization: Spencer Foundation
    Scope: National
    Date(s): 2008 - 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Organization: Macalester College
    Scope: National
    Date(s): 2000

Memberships

  • Association of Black Sociologists (ABS)
    Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: 2016
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
    Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: 2009
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    Scope of Organization: International, Member Since: 2008
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