Dr. Jessica Stovall (Anna Julia Cooper Fellow) has won a Dissertation Award from Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ)
Dr. Jessica Stovall (Anna Julia Cooper Fellow) has won a Dissertation Award from Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ), a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Association (AERA).
As the largest SIG, CESJ creates space within AERA to develop, support, and promote critical frameworks, public scholarship, and community engagement to challenge inequity in schools and society. The Dissertation Award recognizes doctoral-level research that utilizes critical theory and critical methodologies. The committee chose your dissertation for the following reasons:
Dr. Stovall’s dissertation is a vital ethnographic inquiry that propels us to examine the need for fugitive spaces for Black teachers in a climate of education fraught with anti-Blackness. Dr. Stovall’s collaborative and timely research shows the joys and difficulties Black teachers face and how analyzing fugitive spaces can support and help navigate anti-Blackness policies, practices, and pedagogy across school districts. Dr. Stovall’s research also shows the risks and impact, professionally and personally, of engaging in anti-racist and anti-oppression stances. Dr. Stovall’s dissertation helps move the needle forward and reminds us of a healing-centered avenue to take when faced with such hostility to this nation’s truth, past and present.