by Claire Miller
Kristen Buras, COE visiting assistant professor of urban educational policy and reform, will discuss cultural politics and the political economy of educational reform with College of Education students, faculty and staff on Feb. 22 as part of the college’s Research Wednesdays Speaker Series.
Buras’s current research centers on the class and race dynamics of neoliberal policy in cities throughout the South, where educational choice and targeted forms of disinvestment have affected working-class communities of color in often devastating ways. She has worked extensively with teachers, public schools and grassroots organizations in New Orleans, where she was born and raised. Buras is the co-founder and director of the Urban South Grassroots Research Collective for Public Education and was granted the Distinguished Scholar-Activist Award by Critical Educators for Social Justice of the American Educational Research Association.
The Research Wednesdays Speaker Series is designed to fulfill three goals: to provide a platform for explorations of new ways of conducting and disseminating educational research, to discuss new methods of mentoring doctoral students in an effort to enhance their development as researchers, and to fill a professional development need by providing access to cutting edge researchers at the state and national levels.
Research Wednesdays is held Wednesdays at 12 noon in the COE Forum, Room 1030 (30 Pryor St., Atlanta). Speaker presentations are also available for download at iTunes U.
A light lunch will be provided for those who confirm their attendance to Erin Whitney in the COE’s Educational Research Bureau at (404) 413-8090 or email@example.com.
For more information on Buras and the Research Wednesdays Speaker Series, visit http://education.gsu.edu/main/coe_events.htm.