Sean J. Drake

Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology of Education

Sean J. Drake

Phone: 212 998 5018

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Sean J. Drake, Ph.D., is Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities at NYU Steinhardt. He holds a B.A. in Social Psychology (with honors) from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Drake’s research interests include school and neighborhood segregation, immigrant incorporation, and ethnoracial inequality. He is currently working on a book project titled Academic Apartheid: Race, Achievement Culture, and the Criminalization of "Failures". The prevailing wisdom about reducing inequality in education is to reduce residential segregation since most American children attend schools in the neighborhoods in which they live. Other research points to the perils of academic tracking, which results in within-school segregation. In Academic Apartheid, Dr. Drake draw on two years of ethnographic fieldwork at two dissimilar high schools in the same middle-class neighborhood, as well as 122 in-depth interviews with students, teachers, and parents. He examines between-school segregation in an affluent neighborhood and school district, where separate and unequal schools thrive independent of the forces of neighborhood segregation that so often lead to school segregation. Academic Apartheid uncovers the ways in which racial and social class segregation persists between schools in a suburb with a reputation for stellar public education. Moreover, the book examines how institutional definitions of success and failure affect school policies and practices in ways that contribute to school segregation and inequality.

Dr. Drake's work has been published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Urban Education, and he has authored or co-authored several book chapters in volumes that address racial and ethnic inequality in education. Dr. Drake has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation (Dissertation Fellowship) and the Yale Urban Ethnography Project. He is also Diversity Scholar with the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan, and has presented his research at several national gatherings, including the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, the Annual Conference of Ford Fellows, and the Yale Urban Ethnography Project Conference.