17th Annual Brown Lecture In Education Research

17th Annual Brown Lecture In Education Research

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17th Annual Brown Lecture In Education Research

Program begins at 6:00 PM EDT



Felice J. Levine
 Executive Director
American Educational Research Association


Shaun Harper
President, American Educational Research Association
University of Southern California


William F. Tate IV
University of South Caroline


Chastity Pratt
 Education Bureau Chief
Wall Street Journal


Shirley Malcom
Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change
American Association for the Advancement of Science 

Aldon Morris
 Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies
Northwestern University
President, American Sociological Association​


Felice J. Levine
 Executive Director
American Educational Research Association



A pandemic is an epidemic occurring on a scale that crosses the globe. A condition is not a pandemic merely because it exists in different regions of the world or results in the death of many people; it must also be infectious. In this lecture, Tate will argue that, over the past 500 years by way of mutually reinforcing regimes consisting of politicians, intellectuals, religious supporters, business leaders, and others, an ideology of racial biology “infected” the world, causing a disease to spread in global fashion. The disease fed on a rhetoric that assigned biological superiority to certain races. A pandemic of segregation resulted. In the United States, the Brown decision offered hope as a therapeutic. The lecture examines Brown through the lens of a medical model, while exploring its various pervasive effects on society and education.

This webinar will broadcast live on ZOOM.
ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.
Please register in advance.


William F. Tate IV is the provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Carolina. He holds the USC Education Foundation Distinguished Professorship with appointments in Sociology and Family and Preventive Medicine (secondary appointment). Prior to joining the University of South Carolina faculty, he served as dean and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, where he held the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professorship in Arts & Sciences. Before serving at Washington University in St. Louis, he held the William and Betty Adams Chair at TCU and served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Tate is a past president of the American Educational Research Association, where he was awarded fellow status. In addition, he was elected to the National Academy of Education.

Tate earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. He continued on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison as an Anna Julia Cooper Post-doctoral fellow. He completed a second post-doctoral training program in the Department of Psychiatry— Epidemiology and Prevention Group at the Washington University School of Medicine, where he earned a master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology (MPE). Tate’s research concentrates in four areas: (1) human capital development in STEM fields; (2) epidemiological models and geospatial applications with a focus on adolescent and child development and health outcomes; (3) social development of youth in the context of metropolitan communities; and (4) stratification.


Shaun R. Harper is a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Harper’s research focuses primarily on racial and gender equity in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate environments. He created and leads RISE for Boys and Men of Color, a field advancement effort that unites and amplifies the research of scholars across five academic fields, including education; prepares the next generation of scholars of color for graduate school and research careers; and produces tables, charts, and graphs for an open-access data center.

Felice J. Levine is executive director of the American Educational Research Association, where she champions the advancement of knowledge and use of sound research to guide policy and practice. Her areas of expertise include science policy, research ethics, data access and sharing, and the scientific and academic workforce. Her current projects include the development of a research data hub to connect data resources, foster new scholarly networks, and build research capacity in STEM education; an initiative to examine the impact of and foster academic support for open science products; and a study of the impact of COVID-19 on doctoral students and early-career researchers. Levine chairs the Board of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, co-chairs the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM, and is on the Board of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. Levine is also a Past President of the Law and Society Association and recent Past President of the World Education Research Association.

Shirley Malcom is Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she was head of Education and Human Resources for almost 30 years. She has been a National Science Foundation program officer, university biology faculty, and a high school science teacher. Malcom serves on several boards, including the Heinz Endowments and National Math and Science Initiative.  She is a trustee of Caltech and a regent of Morgan State University. Malcom was a member of the National Science Board, policy-making body of NSF, and the President's Committee of Advisors on S&T.  In 2003, Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy. Malcom, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from Penn State; master's in zoology from UCLA; and bachelor's with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington.

Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is currently serving as the 112th president of the American Sociological Association (ASA).  Morris is a former Chair of Sociology and Director of Asian American Studies at Northwestern. He is the author of the award winning and paradigm setting book, The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement. His recent book, The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology, has received a dozen awards and rewrites the historical account of sociology as a discipline. In 2018, the award-winning film, “The Scholar Affirmed,” on Morris’ work and life was released. He is the 2020 winner of ASA’s highest award, the W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award. Morris, the grandson of sharecroppers, was born in rural Tutwiler, Mississippi. He earned his PhD in sociology from Stony Brook University.

Chastity Pratt is the first-ever Education Bureau Chief at The Wall Street Journal. She's currently based in Detroit and joined The Journal in spring 2020 after spending last school year studying education funding as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She previously was the urban affairs reporter at Bridge Magazine, an online news outlet in Michigan, where she covered regional issues such as the Detroit municipal bankruptcy and the Flint water crisis. Chastity has spent most of her career covering education at the Detroit Free Press, Newsday, and The Oregonian. She is a native Detroiter and a graduate of the University of Michigan.


  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Institutes for Research
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Miami University College of Education, Health and Society
  • RAND Education and Labor
  • Sage Publications
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Southern Methodist University Simmons,
    School of Education and Human Development
  • Spencer Foundation
  • The George Washington University Graduate 
    School of Education and Human Development
  • University Council of Educational Administration
  • University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    College of Education
  • University of Maryland College of Education
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Washington in St. Louis
  • Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development.


The Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research illuminates the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education. The Lectureship was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took scientific research into account. Each year a distinguished scholar notable for producing significant research related to equality in education is invited to give this public lecture in Washington, D.C.


Shaun Harper • Vanessa Siddle Walker • Felice J. Levine • George L. Wimberly • Michelle Knight-Manuel • Joanna Goode • Anjale Welton


2019 - Prudence L. Carter, University of California, Berkley
2018 - H. Richard Milner IV, Vanderbilt University
2017 - Alfredo J. Artiles, Arizona State University
2016 - Marta Tienda, Princeton University
2015 - Teresa L. McCarty, University of California, Los Angeles
2014 - James D. Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 - Gary Orfield, University of California, Los Angeles
2012 - Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University
2011 - Gloria J. Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2010 - Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University
2009 - Luis C. Moll, University of Arizona
2008 - Stephen W. Raudenbush, University of Chicago
2007 - Margaret Beale Spencer, University of Chicago
2006 - Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University
2005 - Claude M. Steele, Stanford University
2004 - Edmund W. Gordon, Teachers College, Columbia University


The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. With members from 96 countries, AERA is committed to expanding its connections to the global research community, and is actively involved in advancing the field of education research worldwide.

17th Annual Brown Lecture In Education Research