John B. Diamond

Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education

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Diamond, John

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John B. Diamond is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Education in ELPA and a faculty affiliate in Afro-American Studies and Educational Policy Studies. A sociologist of education, he studies the relationship between social inequality and educational opportunity. More specifically, he examines how educational leadership, policies, and practices shape students’ educational opportunities and outcomes.

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  • Diamond, J., & Posey-Maddox, L. (2020). Guest editors’ introduction: The changing terrain of the suburbs: Examining race, class, and place in suburban schools and communities. Equity and Excellence in Education Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Lac, V., Diamond, J., & Velazquez, M. (2020). ‘The onus is on us’: How white suburban teachers learn about racial inequities in their schools in a critical book study. Equity and Excellence in Education Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Lac, V., & Diamond, J. (2019). Working for racial equity at the margins: Teacher-leaders facilitate a book study on race in a predominately white suburban high school. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 22(2), 54-67. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Diamond, J., & Lewis, A. E. (2019). Race and discipline in a racially mixed high school: Status, capital, and organizational routines. Urban Education, 54(6), 831-859. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Diamond, J., (2018). Race and white supremacy in the sociology of education: Shifting the intellectual gaze. In J. Mehta & S. Davies (Eds.), Education in a new society: renewing the sociology of education (pp. 345-362). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Diamond, J., & Spillane, J. P. (2016). School leadership & management from a distributed perspective: A 2016 retrospective and prospective [Special issue on distributed leadership]. Management in Education, 30(4), 147–154. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Lewis, A. E., Diamond, J., & Forman, T. (2015). Conundrums of integration: Desegregation in the context of racial hierarchy. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 1, 22-36. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Diamond, J., & Hughley, J. P. (2014). Testing the oppositional culture explanation in desegregated suburban schools: The impact of racial differences in achievement orientations on academic performance. Social Forces, 93(2), 747-777. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Diamond, J., (2013). Distributed leadership: Examining issues of race, power, and inequality. In L. C. Tillman & J. J. Scheurich (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational leadership for equity and diversity (pp. 83-104). New York, NY: Routledge Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Diamond, J., (2012). “Accountability Policy, School Organization, and Classroom Practice: Partial Recoupling and Educational Opportunity.”. Education and Urban Society, 44(2), 151-182.

Select Awards and Honors

  • Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
  • Midcareer Award, Spencer Foundation, (2017, 2018)
  • Eduardo Bonilla Silva Outstanding Book Award, Despite the Best Intensions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools, Society for the Study of Social Problems Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, 2016
  • Hoefs-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
  • Hoefs-Bascom Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
  • Black Student Union Sankofa Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2011
  • Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, (2006, 2007)
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, Spencer Foundation, (2002, 2004)