DegreesUniversity of Cambridge, Ph.D.
University of Cambridge, M.Phil.
Wheaton College, B.A.
ExpertiseSociology of Education, Comparative and International Education, Global Perspectives on Urban Education, Disability Studies, Caribbean Im/migration, Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Practice
ProfileDerron Wallace is a sociologist of education whose research focuses on inequalities and identities of 'race', class and gender in urban schools and neighborhoods. More specifically, his work examines the educational outcomes of working class and middle class Black immigrants in global cities. Derron's most recent study explores the national, political and cultural factors that position Afro-Caribbean youth as 'high achievers' in New York relative to African Americans, and 'underachievers' in London compared to Black Africans.
Derron is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wheaton College (Massachusetts), where he studied sociology and the African diaspora. He recently received his Ph.D. in Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Marshall and Gates Cambridge Scholar. Previously, he worked as a professional community organizer and consultant with Local Educational Authorities in London.
A native of Jamaica, Derron has lived and worked across East Africa, England, Thailand and the United States.
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Awards and Honors
American Educational Research Association Travel Grant (2014)
University of Cambridge Board of Graduate Studies Dissertation Grant (2012)
Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2010)
British Marshall Scholarship (2009)
Fulbright Scholarship (2008)
Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship (2007)
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (2007)
Wallace, Derron. "Layered Mentorship as Meaningful Leadership." Diversity & Democracy Fall 2010: 30.
Wallace, Derron. "Lighten Up Yu Self!: The Politics of Lightness, Success & Color Consciousness in Urban Jamaica." JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies 14. 1 (2009): 27-50.
Wallace, Derron. "What’s so critical about Critical Race Theory." Contemporary Justice Review 11. 1 (2008): 7-10.