About Me

Dionne Danns is an associate professor, department chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity at Indiana University Bloomington. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, she began her career as an AERA/IES Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Danns’ research focuses on the history of American education, particularly African American education. She has authored two books. The first, Something Better for Our Children: Black Organizing in Chicago Public Schools, 1963-1971, examined student and teacher activism around school reform. More recently, she completed Desegregating Chicago’s Public Schools: Policy Implementation, Politics, and Protest, 1965-1985, which focuses on the federal government’s use of public policy to eliminate racial segregation and discrimination in public institutions in the United States through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The book won the American Educational Studies Association’s Critic’s Choice Award in 2015. Danns is also the co-editor of Using Past as Prologue: Contemporary Perspectives on African American Educational History, and recently co-edited a special issue of the centennial volume of the Journal of African American History, titled “African American Education, Civil Rights, and Black Power.” She is currently working on a book tentatively titled, Unintended Consequences of Desegregation in Chicago which explores the experiences of graduates of desegregated schools. Danns teaching includes courses on the History of American Education, and the educational histories of African Americans and Latinos.