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Ph.D., Emory University, 2008
Sociology of Education, Race and Class Stratification, and Urban Sociology
1064 General Classroom Building
Reasearch and Teaching Interests
My primary research focus is the sociology of education with an emphasis on race and class stratification in education. I am especially interested in education policy, particularly with how education reform efforts play out in racially diverse urban areas. My current (and dissertation) research focuses on the effects of school choice policy on school organization, school-level diversity, and race and class-based disparities in achievement, track placement, and advanced course-taking. This research was supported by fellowships from the American Education Research Association (AERA) and the Spencer Foundation. My interests in the sociology of education are connected to broader areas within the field of stratification and inequality including urban poverty, residential segregation, the sociology of the family, and the intersections of race, class, and gender.
Forthcoming Davis, Tomeka and Adria Welcher. “School Quality and the Vulnerability of the Black Middle-Class: The Continuing Significance of Race as a Predictor of Disparate Schooling Environments.” Sociological Perspectives.
Forthcoming Davis, Tomeka. “Charter School Competition, Organization, and Achievement in Traditional Public Schools.” Education Policy Analysis Archives.
2013 Davis, Tomeka and Deirdre Oakley. “Linking Charter School Emergence to Urban Revitalization and Gentrification: A Socio-Spatial Analysis of Three Cities.” Journal of Urban Affairs 35 (1): 81-102.
2012 Davis, Tomeka M. “School Choice, Segregation, and Course Placement: ‘Tracking’ Racial Equity in Magnet Schools.” Education and Urban Society.
2011 Werum, Regina, Tomeka Davis, and Simon Cheng. “How Institutional Context Alters Social Reproduction Dynamics: Ethnic Track Placement Patterns in the US and Germany.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 29 (4): 371-391.
Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
2008-2009 Dissertation Award Finalist, Politics of Education Association
2007-2008 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship ($25,000)
2006-2007 American Education Research Association Dissertation Fellowship ($15,000)