Joseph Nelson

Joseph D. Nelson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College, and affiliated faculty with the Black Studies Program, and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives at the University of Pennsylvania. His research to date has employed interdisciplinary frameworks to examine identity, culture, and urban school reform from a qualitative inquiry stance. He is the author of the forthcoming book, "Never Give Up: Resilience, Academic Success, and Black Boys in Middle School" (Harvard Education Press). In the low-income neighborhood where he grew up, Dr. Nelson taught first-grade in a single-sex class of Black and Latino boys.