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Thompson Dorsey, Dana N.

Assistant Professor

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Dana Thompson Dorsey, who has joined the School of Education as an assistant professor, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. She earned her juris doctor degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She comes to Carolina from the University of Illinois where she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the College of Education and Human Services.

Prior to the University of Illinois, Thompson Dorsey served as director of research and consulting at the University of Virginia's National Center for Women and Information Technology Extension Services and as a senior research associate at COSMOS Corp., a social science research, evaluation and policy analysis firm in Bethesda, Md.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2007 - University of Pittsburgh School of Education
  • J.D. 1999 - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.S. 1994 - Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Race-based Educational Policies and Equity Issues
  • Education Law
  • Critical Race Theory

Honors & Awards

  • 2006-2007, Recipient, University of Pittsburgh School of Education Alumni Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2004–2007, Recipient, Horace Mann Bond-Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship, PA Department of Education
  • 2003–2006, Recipient, K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1999, Recipient of the 1999 Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction's (CALI) Award for Dispute Resolution and Award for Best Paper, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 1990-1994, Recipient, Lincoln University Presidential Merit Scholarship, Lincoln University, PA

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • Education Law Association
  • American Educational Research Association

Public Service

  • 2010-present, Guest Reviewer, The Negro Educational Review.
  • 2009-2010, Member, College of Education and Human Services Personnel Committee, University of Illinois at Springfield
  • 2005-present, Reviewer for American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference proposals, Divisions G (Social Context of Education), L (Educational Policy and Politics), and SIGs: Law and Education and Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Education.
  • 2004-2007, Co-Founder and member, Alliance of Urban Scholars (All of US) Doctoral Study and Writing Group, University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

Selected Publications

Thompson Dorsey, D. (2010). Equality for all or special privileges for some: Analyzing the affirmative action legal debate from a critical race theory perspective. Unpublished manuscript submitted for publication.

Thompson Dorsey, D. (2009). Accessing the legal playing field: Examining the race-conscious affirmative action legal debate through the eyes of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). Unpublished manuscript accepted for publication. Will be published in the Texas Wesleyan Law Review in Spring of 2010.

Scherer, J. & Thompson Dorsey, D., Catzva, D. (2009). Lessons learned from the national evaluation of the gang-free schools and community program. Journal of Gang Research, 70(1), 29-44.

Thompson Dorsey, D. (2008). An examination of the legal debate regarding
race-based education policies from 1849 – 1964. The Negro Educational Review, 59(1-2), 7-26.

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