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Dana E. Wright

Professor of Education


BA, Vassar College
MA, Harvard Graduate School of Education
EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Professional Interests

Critical youth participatory action (Critical PAR) research, schooling in urban contexts, critical youth studies, organizational transformation, curriculum studies, youth organizing, critical arts pedagogies, and educational leadership, equity and policy.


Dana Wright is the author of Active Learning: Social Justice Education and Participatory Action Research. Her recently published co-edited book is entitled Engaging Youth in Critical Arts Pedagogies and Creative Research for Social Justice: Opportunities and Challenges of Arts-based Work and Research with Young People. Wright is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Health Disparities Research LRP award from the National Institutes of Health and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an associate professor in the School of Education at Mills College at Northeastern University and affiliate faculty in the Ethnic Studies Program. Her scholarship focuses on participatory action research (PAR), critical arts pedagogies, educational leadership, critical youth studies and policy.

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