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MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
BA, Brown University
Affiliated faculty member, Columbia University Department of History
Ansley T. Erickson is a historian who focuses on educational inequality and urban and metropolitan history. Her first book, Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits (Chicago, 2016) examines the case of Nashville, Tennessee to show the political and economic forces that supported segregation and inequality and later remade educational inequality in the desegregation years.
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 in 20th century Harlem. Educating Harlem includes an edited volume under contract with Columbia University Press, a 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 worked at two national education organizations. She also has experience in historical documentary film and public history consulting.
Urban and Metropolitan History
Erickson, A. Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).
Erickson, A. "Case Study as Common Text: Collaborating in and Broadening the Reach of History of Education," History of Education Quarterly, February, 2016.
Erickson, A. "Affordable Housing, Public Transit, A Mayoral Runoff, Racially Separated Schools. Welcome to Nashville - In 1971." Nashville Scene, August 13, 2015.
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 www.digitalculturebooks.org
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)
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
Maxine Greene Foundation and the Fund for Teachers, for "Crossing Town: Brown's Legacy in Nashville."
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