The Center for Race and Public Education in the South


The Center for Race and Public Education (CRPES) in the South conducts and supports empirical research on a variety of issues that lie at the intersection of race, education, and schooling in the southern United States. CRPES advances research that illuminates the causes, consequences, and potential means of ameliorating disparities in African American youth's educational experiences and achievement. This interdisciplinary center will bring together education scholars from history, psychology, philosophy, and sociology to investigate the many facets of these disparities.

The Center for Race and Public Education in the South also recognizes that the complex history of race and public schooling has implications for a range of other student populations in contemporary US schools. Specifically, the educational experiences of students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds are inextricable from the larger history of race and education in the American South. Thus, the Center will also include in its mission the schooling experiences of other students of color, in particular those from transnational backgrounds.

  • Symposium: Re-envisioning Race and Education in the New South


    October 9-10, 2018, we will host Gloria Ladson-Billings, the Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and faculty affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, James D. Anderson is dean of the College of Education, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education; and affiliate Professor of History at the University of Illinois and others at a 2-day symposium.

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Featured Faculty at CRPES


Valerie Adams-Bass

Assistant Professor Bass was recently interviewed about racial stereotypes and the blockbuster movie Black Panther

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Natalia Palacios

Associate Professor Palacios studies low-income, minority or immigrant populations and children's development.

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Paul Harris

Assistant Professor Harris studies college readiness of underrepresented students & identity development of student athletes.

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  • 2017-18 Walter N. Ridley Lecture


    A Lecture by Beverly D. Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College
    April 10 @ 4pm
    Newcomb Hall Theater

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  • 2017-18: Rachel Wahl Lecture


    The Pen Mightier than the Sword? Educational Approaches to Transforming Police-Community Relations
    March 13 @ 12pm
    Holloway Hall in Bavaro Hall

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  • 2017-18: Ibram X. Kendi Lecture


    Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter
    March 23 @ 2pm
    University Baptist Church

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