Drawing on critical social theory and political economy, my interdisciplinary, ethnographic scholarship examines the gendered, sexualized, and racialized nature of corporate power in the U.S. and globally. Through my scholarship I aim to influence more just, equitable policies and practices in the world, particularly for girls and women.
My new research project, The Political Economy of Corporations in Public Education, seeks to understand the shifting terrain of public education as corporations and their foundations become increasingly powerful actors in shaping education policy and practice through corporate partnerships with public schools. It examines the political economy of corporations in education amidst school districts’ failure to meet the educational needs of communities of color and increasing state divestment in public education. The research will provide new insights into the practices and implications of corporate influence in education; a nuanced understanding of how schools, districts, communities, and corporations and their foundations negotiate the terms of these partnerships; and an assessment of the extent to which these partnerships influence student, school, and district-level outcomes. In this way, this study will offer insights into the corporatization of education in the US. This project will eventually be a comparative project between the U.S. and Brazil.
This project is supported by the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.
I have also written other articles on the political economy using a feminist and race lens, such as "A critical feminist and race critique of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-first Century."