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Susan E. Eaton

Adjunct Lecturer on Education
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Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1999)
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Faculty Assistant:  Judith Wasserman


Susan Eaton, Ed.D. is Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Professor of the Practice at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. As Director of the Sillerman Center, Susan engages the philanthropic community to inform giving and grant making strategies that advance social justice. Susan's work as a journalist, author, educator, commentator and researcher has long centered around the roots of and potential cures for racial, ethnic and economic inequality in education, political power and neighborhood conditions. Susan is lead author of the book, Integration Nation; Immigrants, Refugees and America at its Best, (The New Press, 2016) a collaborative work with members of the One Nation Indivisible Writer's Group, which she created as part of a storytelling and organizing project she founded in 2011. Her 2008 book, The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial (Algonquin), interweaves the stories of a landmark contemporary civil rights case and an urban classroom in Hartford, Connecticut. Her book, The Other Boston Busing Story: What's Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line (Yale, 2001), explores the adult lives of African-Americans who'd participated in a voluntary, urban to suburban school desegregation program as children. She is also co-author, with Gary Orfield, of Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Reversal of Brown v. Board of Education (New Press, 1996), an exploration of the consequences of jurisprudence on school desegregation. From 2007 to 2015, Susan was Research Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

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