John B. Diamond is Professor of Sociology and Education Policy in Brown’s Department of Sociology and Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Before coming to Brown, he was the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Education at Wisconsin – Madison. A sociologist of race and education, he studies the relationship between social inequality and educational opportunity, examining how educational leadership, policies, and practices operate through school organizations to shape students’ educational opportunities and outcomes.
An engaged scholar, Diamond has helped create space for such work in sociology and education. He is an Advisory Board Member of the American Sociological Association’s Sociology Action Network and a National Planning Team Member of the Urban Research Action Network (URBAN). With URBAN colleagues, he co-edited a special issue of Urban Education on community-engaged scholarship. Before joining the Brown faculty, Diamond was the UW-Madison Faculty Lead for Forward Madison (a collaborative partnership between UW and the Madison Metropolitan School District), a Senior Research Specialist at the Center for Policy Research in Education, and an Advisory Board Member of the Madison Education Partnership. Numerous media outlets have highlighted his work, including CNN, New York Times, Boston Globe, C-SPAN, Education Week, Bloomberg Business News, Crain’s Chicago Business, and several public radio and television stations.