20th Annual Brown Lecture In Education Research

20th Annual Brown Lecture In Education Research


Read the October 2023 AERA Highlights recap


Felice J. Levine
American Educational Research Association


Tyrone C. Howard
University of California, Los Angeles


Leslie T. Fenwick
Howard University


Adriane Dorrington
National Education Association

Eric Duncan
The Education Trust

Leslie T. Fenwick
Howard University

Nirvi Shah
USA Today


Felice J. Levine
American Educational Research Association


Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick’s lecture offers a newly excavated history of the implementation of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. It also advances her theory of “cultural elision” to explain how Brown is still (mis)defined. As chronicled in her award-winning book Jim Crow’s Pink Slip (Harvard Education Press, 2022), massive (White) resistance to Brown from 1952 through the late 1970s resulted in one hundred thousand exceptionally well credentialed Black principals and teachers in public schools being illegally fired, dismissed, or demoted and replaced on a near one-to-one basis by White educators who were less academically credentialed and less professionally experienced.

Fenwick asserts that the failure to integrate Black principals and teachers into desegregating schools remains the unfulfilled promise of Brown. This failure maintained the segregationists’ control over the nation’s public schools, to the detriment of all students, especially Black students, and resulted in four traumas that continue to stymie the nation’s progress toward racial justice and educational equity. Fenwick concludes with recommendations to overcome this history.

A Discussion Forum will follow the Brown Lecture with an opportunity for audience Q&A.

ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.

Please register in advance. In-person attendees must have up-to-date vaccination and at least one booster (if eligible).

Questions? Email brownlecture@aera.net.


Leslie T. Fenwick is dean emerita of the Howard University School of Education, where she is a professor of educational policy and leadership, and dean in residence at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She is a nationally known scholar with deep expertise in public policy, educational equity, and leadership and leadership studies. Fenwick is author of the award-winning book Jim Crow’s Pink Slip: The Untold Story of Black Principal and Teacher Leadership (Harvard Education Press), which was released in 2022. Fenwick is also a section editor of the Handbook of Research on Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers (AERA) and a contributor to the bestselling book The Last Word: The Best Commentary and Controversy in American Education (Education Week Press).

She is a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2022, Fenwick was appointed by President Joe Biden to the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy, where she has served as a MCLC Senior Fellow since 2017 and occasionally lectures about character leadership and ethics. During her tenure as dean, the Howard University School of Education attained its first ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s list of top-100 Schools/Colleges of Education.


Nirvi Shah is education enterprise editor at USA Today, working with the newspaper's national education reporting team and Gannett education reporters across the country. She recently spent a year as a Spencer fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Prior to that, she spent eight years as an editor and reporter for Politico, in the U.S. and Europe. She was the founding editor of the Politico Pro Education policy team before becoming the deputy managing editor for all of Politico Pro’s policy teams. She previously covered education, then personal finance and consumer affairs, at The Miami Herald and also wrote about education and county government for The Palm Beach Post. She has won a number of education reporting awards, as well as a Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade award in deadline reporting with colleagues at the Post.
Adriane Dorrington is a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association (NEA), where she oversees federal and state policies related to teacher evaluation and teacher effectiveness. She provides technical support to state affiliates, including the Race to the Top recipients as they reform and implement new teacher evaluation systems. Prior to her position at NEA, Dorrington served as program director for the NASA Preservice Teacher Program. She was a former middle and high school science department head and taught at inner city schools and small suburbia schools. In addition, Dorrington served as the Nova Scotia provincial science consultant and oversaw all PK–12 science programs. Throughout her entire professional career, Dorrington has presented professional development to preservice and inservice educators. She has taught at postsecondary institutions in Canada and the United States and has served as chair of an education department at a small liberal arts institution. She received her Ed.D. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Eric Duncan is the director for P-12 policy at The Education Trust, specializing in policies related to educator quality and increasing the racial diversity of the educator workforce. He previously was a state policy advisor at WestEd, where he supported the organization’s federal and state policy strategy. Prior to that, Duncan worked as a senior program associate at CCSSO, where he supported state efforts to diversify the teaching workforce and ensure that teachers are culturally responsive in practice through the Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers Initiative. He also worked as the director of district initiatives at the National Council on Teacher Quality, where he supported the development of a student teaching project with three large school districts across the country and led the organization’s communications efforts to promote evidence-based teacher quality research. Duncan started his career in Atlanta as a high school social studies teacher. He received his J.D. from Wake Forest University.


2023 Supporters of the Brown Lecture

American Institutes for Research
Howard University School of Education
Sage Publications

2023 Friends of the Brown Lecture
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • American University School of Education
  • Call Me MISTER Program, College of Education, Clemson University
  • College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • College of Education, Michigan State University
  • College of Education, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Foundation for Child Development
  • Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Institute for Education Leadership
  • Learning Policy Institute
  • Morgan State University School of Education and Urban Studies
  • Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • The University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)
  • University of Alabama College of Education
  • University of Iowa College of Education
  • University of Maryland College of Education
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Education



AERA 2023-2024 President Tyrone C. Howard is a professor of education in the School of Education and Information Studies (SEIS) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to being the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair at SEIS, Howard is the director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families and director of the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. A former elementary and high school teacher, Howard translates research into practice in his professional learning work with thousands of P–12 educators across the United States and several other countries each year. His research focuses on the sociology of schools, teacher education, the education of Black boys, urban education, and educational equity. Howard has published several books including Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Classrooms and Expanding College Access for Urban Youth: What Schools and Colleges Can Do.

Felice J. Levine is executive director of the American Educational Research Association, where she champions the advancement of knowledge; the use of sound research in policy and practice; and systematic change that promotes equity and inclusion. Her areas of expertise include science policy, research ethics, data access and sharing, and the scientific and academic workforce. Her current projects include an initiative to foster rethinking on what counts as quality, productivity, and impact in scientific and scholarly work; a systematic review of the cumulative significance of systemic racism for students; 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, chairs the Social, Economic, and Political Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and co-chairs the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM. Levine is a recent past president of the World Education Research Association.


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.


Tyrone C. Howard • Rich Milner • Felice J. Levine • Jamel Donnor • Raquel Rall • Venus E. Evans-Winters • George L. Wimberly


2022 - John Diamond, Brown University
2021 - Lori Patton Davis, The Ohio State University
2020 - William F. Tate IV, University of South Carolina
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.