Dr. DeMarcus A. Jenkins comes to us from the University of Arizona College of Education where he was an assistant professor of education policy studies and practice and an affiliate in the Department of Geography. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from the Division of Urban Schooling. His holds an Ed.M in English Education from Georgia State University, a masters from American University, and his bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan where he doubled-majored in English and African American Studies.
Dr. Jenkins is an activist and urban scholar whose work considers the intersections of race, space and policy. His research focuses on the influence of spatial, social and political factors that foster and exacerbate inequalities for Black populations as well as the approaches that school leaders take to disrupt and transform these dynamics. His interdisciplinary approach to tackling complex and challenging problems of racial equity in schools is informed by Black critical theory, critical spatial theory, Black geographies, critical policy studies and justice-oriented leadership frameworks. Consistent throughout his research are practical solutions for school leaders and policymakers.
He recently received a research grant from the Spencer Foundation to examine how urban school systems respond to policy changes that divest and disinvest from law enforcement on school campuses. His program of research draws from his previous professional experience working in urban schools and in local and state policy and advocacy.