Kevin L. Henry

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.) and Tulane University (B.A.), Assistant Professor of Education Policy Studies and Practice, Dr. Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr.’s program of research revolves around two central, interrelated questions. The first question critically examines how power and dominance shape and structure educational policies, practices, and reforms. The second question is concerned with how educational actors—marginalized by race, gender, class, and/or sexuality—understand, resist, reconstitute and transform educational fields to be more equitable and socially just. In doing so, he considers how macro issues are associated with marginalized educational actors’ micro environments and consequently how their perspectives and practices can reshape educational fields to be more equitable and freeing. His research and teaching primarily focuses on the social contexts and political sociology of education with a particular emphasis on privatization/neoliberal restructuring, charter schools and school choice policy, social stratification, and counter-hegemonic practices/pedagogies and theories (critical race theory, feminist theories, and queer of color critique). His scholarship has been published in Educational Policy, Journal of Social Studies Research, Handbook of Urban Education, and elsewhere. Dr. Henry is also a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, as well as in the Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona. 


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