Doctoral Student Onnie Rogers Awarded Spencer Grant for Race and Gender Research

Onnie Rogers, a doctoral student in developmental psychology in Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology, has been awarded a fellowship from the Spencer Foundation to complete a dissertation entitled, ‘The Intersections of Race and Gender in An All-Black Male School: Racial and Gender Identity, Psychological Well-Being, and Academic Performance.’

Rogers’ research examines gender and racial identity development among Black adolescent males attending an all-Black male school. She will be analyzing how gender and racial identities intersect, change, and influence Black males’ psychological and academic adjustment during middle teen years.

“There is very little research on Black adolescent males’ gender identities and even less on the intersections of gender and race,” Rogers says. “I hope that my research will deepen our understanding of how identity is formed and facilitate a conversation among researchers, educators, and parents about the new ways we can support the psychosocial and academic strengths of Black adolescent males.”

The Chicago-based Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 to investigate ways in which education can be improved around the world. The prestigious $25,000 Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education is awarded to doctoral students who show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of education.

To learn more about Steinhardt faculty member’s research on gender, read In Studies Across Disciplines, Steinhardt’s Social Scientists Challenge Deeply Held Beliefs About Gender.