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Charrise Phillips

Doctoral Student, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Charrise is pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Originally from Durham, NC, Charrise earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a Master of Science degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Peabody, Charrise taught sixth grade math in Miami, FL and eventually returned to her hometown to provide instructional support for beginning teachers. Charrise also served as an educational policy fellow at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.

While at Peabody, Charrise has worked with her advisor, Professor Kimberly Bess, to better understand the ways in which student academic data is shared between school districts and after-school program practitioners. Additionally, Charrise is part of a program evaluation team led by Professor Carol Nixon and Dean Sharon Shields that is evaluating the student outcomes of an obesity-prevention after-school program in the Nashville community.

Based on her previous professional experiences, Charrise’s primary research interests include exploring the academic and life outcomes of adolescents living in poverty. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the narratives that students receive about becoming justice-oriented citizens in school and community settings. Upon graduation, Charrise would like to pursue a career in teaching in a university setting and continue to conduct research on the academic and civic outcomes of marginalized youth.