Dr. Dara Walker

Affiliated Faculty Pennsylvania State University

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Dr. Dara Walker, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Dara Walker holds a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching expertise include African American history, children and youth history, urban history, 20th-century U.S. history, and public history. Dr. Walker is currently writing her book manuscript, High School Rebels: Black Power, Education, and Youth Politics in the Motor City, 1966-1972, which examines the role of the high school student organizing tradition in the development of Black radical politics of the Black Power era. Her research has been funded by a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Walter P. Reuther Library’s Albert Shanker Fellowship for Research in Education.

Dr. Walker has presented her research at several national and international conferences, including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the American Historical Association (AHA), the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY), and the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS). Her review articles have appeared in several journals, including The Black ScholarFeminist Studies, and The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, in addition to her online publications for Black Perspectives and The Washington Post.