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Dionne Danns
Associate Professor
W.W. Wright Education Building Room Education 4226
Phone : (812) 856-8398
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Department:  Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Affiliations:  Education Policy Studies, History, Philosophy & Comparative Education
My website:  http://profile.educ.indiana.edu/Default.aspx?alias=profile.educ.indiana.edu/ddanns
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I teach history of education and foundations of education courses. My research interests include the history of American education, African American and urban history, student and teacher activism, and school desegregation.


Ph.D. Educational Policy Studies, May 2001, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. History, August 1996, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 
B.A. History, August 1995, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

  • Danns, D., Purdy, M. A., Span, C. M., (2015).Using Past as Prologue: ContemporaryPerspectives on African American Educational History. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Danns, D. (2015). Separate and Superior: Perspectives on African American Secondary Education. Journal of African American History 100:4, pp. 671-679.
  • Danns, D. and M. A. Purdy (2015). Introduction: Historical Perspectives on African American Education, Civil Rights, and Black Power. Journal of African American History 100:4, pp. 573-585.
  • Danns, D. (2014) Desegregating Chicagos Public Schools: Policy Implementation, Politics and Protest, 1965-1985. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Danns, D. (2011). Northern Desegregation: A Tale of Two Cities. History of Education Quarterly, vol. 51:1, pp.77-104.
  • Danns, D. (2010). Chicago School Desegregation and the Role of the State of Illinois, 1971-1979. American Educational History Journal, vol. 37:1, pp. 55-73.
  • Danns, D. (2009). Thriving in the Midst of Adversity: Educator Maudelle Brown Bousfields Struggles in Chicago, 1920-1950, Journal of Negro Education, vol. 78, pp. 3-16.
  • Danns, D and Span, C. (2008). A History of Schooling. 21st Century Education: A Referende Handbook. Ed. Thomas L. Good. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Danns, D. (2008). Racial Ideology and the Sanctity of the Neighborhood School Policy in Chicago, Urban Review.

  • Desegregating Chicago's Public Schools was awarded the 2015 American Educational Studies Association Critics? Choice Award.
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