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Ansley T. Erickson

Professional Background

Educational Background

MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
BA, Brown University

Affiliated faculty member, Columbia University Department of History 
Affiliated faculty member, Institute for Urban and Minority Education

Ansley T. Erickson is a historian who focuses on educational inequality and urban and metropolitan history. She earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Columbia University. 

Erickson's forthcoming book, Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits (Chicago, 2016) examines Nashville, Tennessee to reveal how schooling interacted with the political economy of the metropolitan landscape, making segregation and limiting what desegregation could accomplish. Her dissertation was awarded Columbia's Bancroft Dissertation Prize for 2010 and the History of Education Society's Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Prize for 2011. Her writing has appeared in Dissent, Teachers College Record, American Journal of Education, and Journal of Urban History. 

With Professor Ernest Morrell of TC's Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Erickson leads the Educating Harlem project, a collaborative investigation into the history of education, broadly defined, in 20th century Harlem. Educating Harlem includes an edited volume, speaker series, scholarly conference, digital history project, and youth participatory history program.

Erickson was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow in 2011-2013, and has been awarded dissertation and research fellowships from the Spencer Foundation, the Eisenhower Institute, and the Mrs. Giles A. Whiting Foundation. She currently serves on the editorial board of the History of Education Quarterly and Theory and Research in Education, and as a member of the History of Education Society Outstanding Book Prize committee.

Earlier in her career, Erickson taught history and conducted ethnographic research in New York City schools and was a project manager at two national education organizations. She also has experience in historical documentary film and public history consulting.

Ansley Erickson C.V.

Scholarly Interests

History of Education in the United States
Educational Policy
Educational Inequality
Urban and Metropolitan History

Selected Publications

Highsmith, A. and Erickson, A. "Segregation as Splitting and Joining: Schools, Housing, and the Many Modes of Jim Crow," American Journal of Education, August, 2015. 

Erickson, A. "Slavery and American Colleges: Historical Entanglements that Matter for Inequality Today," Teachers College Record, May 31, 2014. 

Erickson, A. "Historical Research and the Problem of Categories: Reflections on 10,000 Digital Notecards, in Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki, eds. Writing History: How Historians Research, Write, and Publish in the Digital Age. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013) and

Erickson, A. "Building Inequality: The Spatial Organization of Schooling in Nashville, TN, after Brown." Journal of Urban History, Vol. 38, No. 2 (March 2012), 247-270.

Erickson, A. "The Rhetoric of Choice: Segregation, Desegregation, and Charter Schools." Dissent. (Fall 2011) and reprinted in Michael Katz and Mike Rose, eds. Public Education Under Siege. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)


Research Support 

Provost's Investment Fund, Teachers College, Columbia, 2012-13

NAE/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-13

Clifford Roberts/Eisenhower Institute Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-10

Mrs. Giles A. Whiting Fellowship, 2009-10 (declined to accept Eisenhower)

Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, 2007-2009

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-9

Archival and Oral History Research Support

Buell Oral History Research Grant

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library Moody Research Fellowship

Tennessee Historical Society Wills Research Grant

Other Support

Maxine Greene Foundation and the Fund for Teachers, for "Crossing Town: Brown's Legacy in Nashville."

personal news

A&HH 4070: History of Education in the United States

Professors Waite, Erickson, or Weneck. Considers the development of American education in the context of American social and intellectual history.

A&HH 4076: History of urban education

Professors Weneck or Erickson. Understanding the development of urban education as it relates to social, economic, and spatial changes in the metropolitan environment.

A&HH 4901: Research and independent study

Faculty. Permission of instructor required.

A&HH 6901: Research and independent study

Faculty. Permission of instructor required.

Documents & Papers

Download: Erickson CV v. Feb 2015 [PDF]

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Centers and Projects

Institute for Urban and Minority Education