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Chezare A. Warren

Associate Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Education Policy, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Chezare A. Warren, PhD is an Associate Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Education Policy. He was a classroom teacher and school administrator before completing the Policy Studies in Urban Education doctoral program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Prior to joining the LPO faculty, Dr. Warren was a lecturer and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and faculty member in the Michigan State University College of Education. He has also held visiting appointments at Stanford University and New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. He is a scholar of race and intersectional justice with particular interests in understanding the conditions that facilitate Black boys’ education success. More broadly, Dr. Warren employs primarily qualitative research methodologies to critically examine factors that both enable and sustain humanizing experiences of school for Black youth in the United States. His work as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI has garnered more than $750,000 in funding from foundations that include Spencer, William T. Grant, and Kellogg.

Dr. Warren’s scholarship has appeared in top peer-reviewed journals including Educational Researcher, Equity & Excellence in Education, Urban Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, and Teachers College Record. He is the recipient of numerous national recognitions for his research including the 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, two early career awards from the American Educational Research Association, and a “Critic’s Choice” book award from the American Educational Studies Association. He is author of Centering Possibility in Black Education (Teachers College Press, 2021) and Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving from Chicago’s South Side to Success in Higher Education (Harvard Education Press, 2017), which inaugurated Harvard Education Press’ “Race and Education” series. Dr. Warren was a 2019-2020 National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine/Ford Foundation Postdoc, and past president of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. He has also completed terms of editorial leadership for the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Negro Education, and Journal of Teacher Education. For more information, visit