David Omotoso Stovall

Professor of African American Studies and Educational Policy Studies


Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
M.Ed.Educational Policy Studies,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
B.A.History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994


Dr. Stovall studies the influence of race in urban education, community development, and housing. His work investigates the significance of race in the quality of schools located in communities that are changing both racially and economically. From a practical and theoretical perspective, his research draws from Critical Race Theory, educational policy analysis, sociology, urban planning, political science, community organizing, and youth culture.

In 2006, he published the book chapter "From Hunger Strike to High School: Youth Development, Social Justice and School Formation" in Beyond Resistance!:  Youth and community change-Bew democratic possibilities for practice and policy for America’s youth.  

For an excerpt of Beyond Resistance, please click on the image below:


It would be incorrect to state that there are fuming tensions between the communities of Little Village and North Lawndale. However, due to the seg- regation of many of Chicago’s neighborhoods, the dynamic deserves some discussion in that there is potential for tensions to escalate as Mexican Americans and African Americans are scheduled to convene in the same place. Currently the local high school serving both communities is riddled with problems (e.g., low graduation rates, high truancy, fights, low student morale, etc.). Tensions often escalate as rival gangs convene in the same place. Students, with little knowledge of one another’s culture, are often skeptical of engaging each other inside classroom space and school grounds. Because residents in both neighborhoods know little about the other’s com- munity and culture, a concerted effort by the TAC and community members is needed to maintain school support. In fact, when the idea surfaced that African American and Mexican Americans would be going to the same school, some members of the youth council felt the concept would never work. However, with the involvement of the youth advocate, many members of the community realized the importance of interracial, cross-cultural col- laboration to make the project work...


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Contact Information

Office: 1219 UH
Phone: 312.413.5014
Email: dostoval@uic.edu
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