Dr. Daphne Penn

Dr. Daphne Penn

Dr. Daphne Penn

Dr. Daphne Penn is a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. As a sociologist of education, she uses education as a case to explore intergroup relations and the politics of racial and ethnic stratification—especially within the context of demographic change. In particular, she is interested in (a) how schools, as organizations, are shaped by and respond to the broader social and political forces within their local contexts; (b) how different stakeholders think about equity and the distribution of resources and opportunities within diversifying and resource-constrained contexts; and (c) how decision-makers manage the needs, interests, and demands of diverse constituencies. Daphne’s research also centers the roles of identity and power in maintaining or attenuating ethno-racial stratification.