Derron Wallace

Derron Wallace

Assistant Professor of Education and Sociology

Derron Wallace is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and education. He specializes in cross-national studies of inequalities and identities in urban schools and neighborhoods across global cities. His current research examines the educational outcomes of working class and middle class Black immigrants in London and New York City.

Derron is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Wheaton College (Massachusetts), where he studied sociology and the African diaspora. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Marshall and Gates Cambridge Scholar. 

With wide-ranging experiences in educational activism, analysis, policy and research, Derron has worked with nomads in Ethiopia, young people with disabilities in Rwanda, immigrant youth in London, economically disadvantaged rural youth in Jamaica, English language learners in Thailand and gifted students in New York City. He served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Education in Rwanda. He also worked as a professional community organizer and consultant with local educational authorities in London.

Education

Awards and Honors

Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017)

Marion & Jasper Whiting Fellowship (2016 - 2017)

Brenda Meehan Social Justice-in-Action Grant (2015 - 2016)

Distinguished Dissertation Award, Division G, American Educational Research Association (2015)

Provost's Teaching Innovation Grant (2015 - 2016)

Schusterman Foundation Fellowship (2015 - 2016)

Theodore & Jane Norman Funds for Faculty Research (2014 - 2015)

Publications

Wallace, Derron (with Garth Stahl and Joseph Nelson), ed. Masculinity and Aspiration in the Era of Global Neoliberal Education. 1st Ed. ed. London & New York: Routledge Press, 2017.

Wallace, Derron (with Garth Stahl and Joseph Nelson). "Investigating Neoliberalism & Boys' Identities: An Introduction." Masculinity and Aspiration in the Era of Global Neoliberal Education: International Perspectives. Ed. Stahl, Garth; Nelson, Joseph; Wallace, Derron. London & New York: Routledge Press, 2017. 10-22.

Wallace, Derron. "Aspiration Anxieties: Developing Middle Class Manhood among Black African Boys in London." Masculinity and Aspiration in the Era of Global Neoliberal Education: International Perspectives. vol. 1 Ed. Stahl, Garth; Nelson, Joseph; Wallace, Derron. London & New York: Routledge, 2017. 54-77.

Wallace, Derron. "Cultural capital as whiteness? Examining logics of ethno-racial representation and resistance." British Journal of Sociology of Education OnlineFirst. (2017): 1-21.

Wallace, D. 2017. “Distinctiveness, Deference and Dominance in Black Caribbean Fathers’ Engagement with Public Schools in London and New York City,” Gender & Education, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 594-613.

Wallace, Derron. "Reading ‘Race’ in Bourdieu? Examining Black Cultural Capital Among Black Caribbean Youth in South London." Sociology 58. 3 (2016): 24-50.

Wallace, Derron (with Garth Stahl and Joseph Nelson). "Race, Class, and Gender in Education: Repositioning Intersectionality Theory." Culture, Society & Masculinities 14. 1 (2015): 28-42.

Wallace, Derron (with Javier Trevino and Michelle Harris). "What’s so critical about Critical Race Theory?." Contemporary Justice Review 11. 1 (2008): 7-10.