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Darion Wallace

Darion Wallace (he/him), from Inglewood, CA, is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education in the Race, Inequality, and Language in Education and Education Data Science programs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University. As a Black Education Studies scholar, Darion’s research draws upon Black Studies, Sociology, and History, while employing mixed methods, to interrogate the ways K-12 American schools produce and cohere logics of (anti)blackness across temporal and spatial bounds. Moreover, he is interested in how abolitionist praxes, pedagogies, and epistemologies rooted in the Black radical and intellectual tradition have and continue to serve a liberatory function in the project of Black education. To this aim, Darion is interested in partnering with public schools and libraries to develop secondary students’ historical literacies and archival skills to help them better understand the localized sociopolitical context that undergirds their lived experience. Darion was a Haas Center Graduate Public Service Fellow and co-instructed the course “Approaches to Research in the Community” for the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity and Urban Studies Department. Darion’s research has been funded by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholars, and the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.