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Walter Stern

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Walter Stern

Assistant Professor
Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

Assistant Professor
Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

203 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Walter C. Stern is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History 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. He is the author of Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960, which Louisiana State University Press published 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.


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

  • 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
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: International
    Date(s): 2015
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