Fithawee Tzeggai

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Research Interests: 
Sociology of Knowledge, Sociology of Race, Sociology of Education, Urban Sociology, Political Sociology
Office: 
Barrows 477
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I am a PhD candidate in sociology finishing up my degree at the University of California, Berkeley.  My work engages the history of social science theories and methods as a window into the politics of race and social policy.  My dissertation project examines this relationship within the politics of urban school desegregation in the 1960s.  I argue that new government-sponsored research on race and education, originally intended to support progressive education reform, actually narrowed the framing and scope of school desegregation, driving a wedge between activist demands and official calls to end segregation.  My other work compliments this line of inquiry, including a working paper that examines the legacy of the politics of school desegregation for contemporary models of urban school reform.  I am currently preparing an article manuscript on the political history of experimental design in welfare policy evaluation research.

PhD Date:: 
May, 2019
Dissertation Title: 
Sanitizing Segregation: Social Science Expertise and the Political Limits of Liberal School Reform
Dissertation Committee: 
Cristina Mora (Chair), Armando Lara-Millan, Michael J. Dumas (Graduate School of Education and African American Studies)