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About Marguerite Wilson

Marguerite Wilson is an anthropologist of education whose research agenda focuses on ethnographically understanding and transforming the cultural conditions in schools that produce inequitable outcomes. Using the methodological tools of critical ethnography, discourse analysis, and the theoretical lenses of critical race theory (CRT) and critical whiteness studies (CWS), Wilson’s research seeks to understand the (re)production of both educational advantage and disadvantage.
Wilson received her PhD in education from the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis in Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her dissertation, an ethnographic study of a radically alternative Sudbury school, focused on the transformative possibilities and limitations of the Sudbury pedagogical approach as a private school ultimately focused on socialization of an elite class of students. Her current collaborative work is focused on understanding and interrupting the national trend of racialized disciplinary practices in schools through an innovative approach to parent engagement. This approach facilitates the co-creation of empowering spaces for parents of color who have been marginalized by the school system to become change agents in the schools their children attend.


Present Assistant Professor, Binghamton University--SUNY

Curriculum Vitae

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  • HDEV 305, Child Development
  • HDEV 335, Gender, Development and Education
  • HDEV 407, Social Construction of Whiteness


Masters, University of California, Davis ‐ Education
PHD, University of California, Davis ‐ Education
BA, University of California, Davis ‐ psychology and education

Contact Information

Office: University Downtown Center, Room 417 
Office Phone: 607-777-9238 
Fax: 607-777-7587 


Recent Works (2)

Research Works (8)