Interview with Education Researcher, Dr. Sherry Deckman

SHERRY L. DECKMAN is an assistant professor of education at Lehman College, the City University of New York. Her research explores how educators are formally prepared to work with students from diverse race and class backgrounds and how educators address issues of race, class, and gender inequity in schools. She was recently interviewed by, “The Teachers College Record: The Voice of Scholarship in Education,” about her paper, “Managing Race and Race-ing Management: Teachers’ Stories of Race and Classroom Conflict.”

As Dr. Deckman states early in the interview, “Two patterns of storytelling emerged across the data when participants discussed race and classroom management, what I call managing race and race-ing management. The managing race pattern downplayed or ignored issues of systemic power, privilege, and oppression, whereas race-ing management did just the opposite and exposed such dynamics.”

To hear the full interview, visit the Teachers College “The Voice,” series.

Dr. Sherry Deckman Interviewed by Teachers College The Voice

Dr. Deckman’s selected publications include “Leaving the Space Better Than You Found It Through Song: Music, Diversity, and Mission in One Black Student Organization” (Harvard Educational Review, 2013), and “Dangerous Black Professor: Challenging the Ghettoization of Race in Higher Education Through Life Texts Pedagogy” (coauthor, RIP Jim Crow: Fighting Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions, Peter Lang, 2016).