Brian P Jones

Educator and activist

Urban Education PhD, 2018. Now Associate Director of Education, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Working on a book about the 1960s Tuskegee student movement.

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Academic Interests

African-American history, HBCUs, privatization, teacher unions, political economy

  • Associate Director of EducationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture*Non-CUNY

PhD (2018) Urban Education

MSE (2006) Elementary Education

City College of New York, New York, NY

BA (1995) Theater Arts
Brown University, Providence, RI


Peer Reviewed Articles

Jones, B. (2018). Washington and Canada: Free Market Idealism in the Context of Social Defeat. The Journal of Negro Education, 87(1), 33-45.

Book Chapters

Jones, B. (2015) “Keys to the Schoolhouse: Black Teachers, Privatization, and the Future of Teacher Unions” In What’s Race Got to Do With It?: How current school reform policy maintains racial and economic inequality. Edited by Bree Picower and Edwin Mayorga. Peter Lang, 81-102.

Jones, B. (2014) “Standardized Testing and Students of Color.” In More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High Stakes Testing. Edited by Jesse Hagopian. Haymarket Books, 2014, 71-76.

Jones, B. (2012) “The Struggle for Black Education.” In Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation. Edited by Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp. Haymarket Books, 2012, 41–69.

Articles in National Media

“Growing up black in America: here’s my story of everyday racism.” The Guardian, June 6, 2018.“

As historians and New York City educators, here’s what we hope teachers hear in the city’s new anti-bias training.” Co-authored with Ansley Erickson and Adam Sanchez. Chalkbeat, May 17, 2018.

“Trump Asked ‘Where does it stop?’ That’s Actually a Good Question.” Verso Books Blog, August 18, 2017.

“Time for a New Strategy.” Tikkun, January 26, 2016.

“The Social Construction of Race.” Jacobin, June 25, 2015.

“Protections of Teacher Tenure Do Not Hurt Students.” Room for Debate, The New York Times, June 12, 2014.

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