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Jarvis R. Givens

Postdoctoral Fellow in Education
Lecturer on Education
Jarvis R. Givens

Degree:  Ph.D., University of California, (2016)
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Phone:  617.496.4827
Office:  Gutman 410
Faculty Assistant:  Ryan Noll


Jarvis Givens is a Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and earned his Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include: 19th and 20th Century History of African American Education, Education and the African Diaspora, and Race and Urban Schooling. He is currently working on a book that analyzes the relationship between Black education, freedom, and affect through Carter G. Woodson’s philosophy and influence on schools during the Jim Crow period. More broadly, Givens' work is concerned with the dialectical relationship between schooling and Black life in the 19th and 20th century African Diaspora. The hallmark of his research is combining historical methods with critical theory to expose what history can offer about contemporary challenges in Black schooling. Beyond his historical research, Givens has also studied the educational experiences of Black students in Oakland, CA, from 2011-2016. This ethnographic project first looked at Oakland’s African American Male Achievement (AAMA) Initiative, then expanded to a larger study on schools that were identified as successful in supporting achievement amongst Black students. His research has been supported by two Ford Foundation Fellowships, and has been published in journals such as: Race Ethnicity and Education, Harvard Educational Review, Souls: A Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society and Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

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