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Sean J. Drake, Ph.D.

Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology of Education

Administration, Leadership, and Technology

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Sean J. Drake is Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Dr. Drake’s research interests include race/ethnicity, school segregation, neighborhood organization and inequality, homeless youth, immigrant incorporation, and ethnographic methods. He is completing a book manuscript, Academic Apartheid: Race, Achievement Culture, and the Criminalization of “Failures,” which is based on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork at two dissimilar high schools in an affluent Southern California suburb. Drawing on participant and non-participant observation, as well as 122 in-depth interviews with students, parents, teachers, and administrators, Academic Apartheid unveils hidden institutional mechanisms that segregate students in ways that reproduce exceptional academic achievement among Asian and white students while reifying “failure” among black and Latinx students. His research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, and published in Urban Education, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR). Dr. Drake holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine.

Selected Publications

  • Drake, S. J. (2019). “The Segregation of ‘Failures’: Unequal Schools and Disadvantaged Students in a Middle-Class Neighborhood.” Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), DOI: 10.1080/10824669.2019.1687301 https://doi.org/10.1080/10824669.2019.1687301
  • Drake, S. J. (2019). “Academic Segregation and the Institutional Success Frame: Unequal Schooling and Racial Disparity in an Integrated, Affluent Community.” Chapter 9 in Asian Migration and Education Cultures in the Anglosphere, edited by M. Watkins, C. Ho, and R. Butler. New York, NY: Routledge. (This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.)
  • Lee, J., Drake, S. J., & Zhou, M. (2019). “The ‘Asian F’ and the Racialization of Achievement.” In Education & Society, edited by T. Domina, B. Gibbs, L. Nunn, and A. Penner. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • Drake, S. J. (2019). "Exposing the Rules of Racial Inequality." Contemporary Sociology. (48)2: https://doi.org/10.1177/0094306119828696n
  • Drake, S. (2017). “Academic Segregation and the Institutional Success Frame: Unequal Schooling and Racial Disparity in an Integrated, Affluent Community.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studieshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1315868
  • Drake, S., Conchas, G. Q., Oseguera, L. (2015). “I Am Not the Stereotype”: How an Academic Club in an Urban School Empowered Black Male Youth to Succeed.” In G. Q. Conchas & M. A. Gottfried (Eds.), Inequality, power, and school success: Case studies on racial disparity and opportunity in education (pp. 62-82). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Drake, S., Conchas, G. Q., Hinga, B. M., & Gottfried, M. A. (2015). “Introduction.” In G. Q. Conchas & M. A. Gottfried (Eds.), Inequality, power, and school success: Case studies on racial disparity and opportunity in education (pp. 1-14). New York, NY: Routledge.