Race and Education @ Annenberg

The Center of Work on Race and Education at the Annenberg Institute provides an inclusive space to:

  • Rethink how we interrogate race and education.
  • Generate theoretically informed rigorous scholarship on the impact of race on students’ educational experiences, opportunities, and outcomes.
  • Engage with and learn from a broad community invested in racial justice.
  • Create a bold vision for racially just education rooted in engaged scholarship and innovative policy and practice-based efforts to challenge racial inequity.

Rethinking Race and Education Seminar Series

The Rethinking Race and Education Seminar provides a space to engage with evolving interdisciplinary ideas about race and education.

  • Feb
    Odis Johnson
    Rethinking Race and Education Seminar
    Odis Johnson Jr.
    Critical Quantitative Methods, ICQCM Co-Director
    01:00pm-02:00pm | 164 Angell St., 2nd floor, Providence, RI 02906
  • Feb
    Victor Ray
    Rethinking Race and Education Seminar
    Victor Ray
    Author of On Critical Race Theory
    04:00pm-05:30pm | 305 Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting St, Providence, RI 02912
    Co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
  • Mar
    kihana ross
    Rethinking Race and Education Seminar
    kihana ross
    Antiblackness and Education
    05:30pm-07:00pm | 102 Friedman Hall, Brown University
    Co-sponsored with the Brown Department of Education
  • Apr
    Mark Warren
    Rethinking Race and Education Seminar
    Mark Warren
    Willful Defiance: The Movement to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline
    04:00pm-05:30pm | Location: 339 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903
  • May
    Stacey Lee
    Rethinking Race and Education Seminar
    Stacey Lee
    Resisting Asian American Invisibility
    01:00pm-02:00pm | Location: 164 Angell St., 2nd floor, Providence, RI 02906


Race and Education Workshop

The Race and Education Workshop is a space for Brown community members to engage in dialogue around vital race and education issues in an informal setting.

Research on Race and Education

The CALL-ECL explores how eight of the largest urban US school districts seek to transform their schools through equity-centered leadership.

PAVED Research is an initiative to produce and promote cutting-edge research on democratic innovation, racial justice, and public policy – particularly education policy.

Other projects on race and education…



Lewis, A. E., & Diamond, J. B. (2015). Despite the best intentions: How racial inequality thrives in good schools. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, & Working Papers

Diamond, J. B., Posey-Maddox, L., & Velazquez, M. (2021). Reframing suburbs: Race, place, and opportunity in suburban educational spaces. Educational Researcher, 50(4): 249–255.  

Diamond, J. B., & Posey-Maddox, L. (Eds.) (2020). The changing terrain of the suburbs: Examining race, class, and place in suburban schools and communities [Symposium issue]. Equity and Excellence in Education. 

Diamond, J. B., & Lewis, A. E. (2022). Opportunity hoarding and the maintenance of “White” educational space. American Behavioral Scientist. First published online May 2022.

Diamond, J. B. (2018). Race and white supremacy in the sociology of education: Shifting the intellectual gaze. In J. Mehta & S. Davies (Eds.), Education in a new society: renewing the sociology of education (pp. 345–362). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Diamond, J. B., & Spillane, J. P. (2016). School leadership & management from a distributed perspective: A 2016 retrospective and prospective [Special issue on distributed leadership]. Management in Education, 30(4), 147–154. doi: 10.1177/0892020616665938. 

Diamond, J. B., & Huguley, J. P. (2014).** Testing the oppositional culture explanation in desegregated suburban schools: The impact of racial differences in achievement orientations on academic performance. Social Forces, 93(2), 747-777. https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/sou093.

Civic Engagement and Partnerships

Civic Engagement and Partnerships



John Diamond

John B. Diamond (Director) is Professor of Sociology and Education Policy at Brown University. Before coming to Brown, he was the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Education at Wisconsin – Madison. A sociologist of race and education, he studies the relationship between social inequality and educational opportunity, examining how educational leadership, policies, and practices operate through school organizations to shape students' educational opportunities and outcomes. Diamond has published widely in sociology and education journals and is the co-author of Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools (with Amanda Lewis) and Distributed Leadership in Practice (co-edited with James Spillane). Diamond is currently writing a new book, Defending the Color Line, on race and education.

His current research focuses on race, leadership, and organizational change in urban and suburban schools. He recently received a major grant from the Wallace Foundation to study the development and implementation of equity-centered principal pipelines in several school districts across the United States with colleagues from UW-Madison and other institutions. 

An engaged scholar, Diamond is an Advisory Board Member of the American Sociological Association's Sociology Action Network and a National Planning Team Member of the Urban Research Action Network (URBAN). He is the co-editor of Sociology of Education (with Odis Johnson Jr).


Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Land Acknowledgement

Brown has developed an official land acknowledgment as part of a set of commitments to build a better understanding of the relationship between the University, the Indigenous peoples of this region, and the land on which Brown is situated.

These commitments include a formal land acknowledgment statement to recognize, honor and create a meaningful acknowledgment of the Narragansett Indian Tribe and their connection to the land on College Hill, as well as a commitment to strengthen investment in scholarship and education. Land acknowledgment often is considered as a first step in a process of truth-telling and a commitment to building understanding of, and accountability to, a history of dispossession.

"Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island, on lands that are within the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. We acknowledge that beginning with colonization and continuing for centuries the Narragansett Indian Tribe have been dispossessed of most of their ancestral lands in Rhode Island by the actions of individuals and institutions. We acknowledge our responsibility to understand and respond to those actions. The Narragansett Indian Tribe, whose ancestors stewarded these lands with great care, continues as a sovereign nation today. We commit to working together to honor our past and build our future with truth." 

For more information about this acknowledgment, its development, and the action it is meant to inspire, please visit landacknowledgment.brown.edu.