Research Team

Dr. Denisha Jones
PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University. She has taught kindergarten, preschool, served as a campus based preschool director, and taught college for over 10 years. Currently she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Howard University. Her research interests include service-learning, dealing with challenging behaviors, the de-professionalization of teaching, and promoting diversity in education. She is an administrator for both Badass Teachers Association and United Opt Out. She has also been a strong figure in the Save our Schools movement.


Dr. Yohuru Williams
The author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006) and Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook (Corwin, 2008). He is the editor of A Constant Struggle: African-American History from 1865 to the Present, Documents and Essays (Kendall Hunt, 2002), and the co-editor of In Search of the Black Panther Party: New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement (Duke University, 2006), and Liberated Territory: Toward a Local History of the Black Panther Party (Duke University, 2009). He also served as general editor for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 2002 and 2003 Black History Month publications, The Color Line Revisited (Tapestry Press, 2002) and The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections (Africa World Press, 2003). Dr. Williams also served as an adviser on the popular civil rights reader Putting the Movement Back into Teaching Civil Rights. Dr. Williams’ scholarly articles have appeared in The Black Scholar, The Journal of Black Studies, The Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, Delaware History, Pennsylvania History, and the Black History Bulletin. He is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. Dr. Williams is an administrator for the Badass Teachers Association. 


Dr. Michael Flanagan
Michael has worked in the Bronx School District since 1986 as a school aide, a paraprofessional, a special education teacher, social studies teacher, and Dean of Students.  He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Lehman college, CUNY and later went on to obtain his Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2006.  Michael’s career achievements include being named Dean of the Year in 2000-2001 and two Research Fellowships at columbia University in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006.  His personal achievements include raising a daughter and being a musician.

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