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Camille M. Wilson

University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor and Professor of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy, School of Education

Camille M. Wilson, Ph.D., is a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor and Professor of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy at the University of Michigan. She explores the intersections of school-family-community engagement, urban educational reform, and transformative leadership. Dr. Wilson’s work highlights the educational advocacy, activism, and school choices of marginalized families of color and the equity-based efforts of school-based leaders striving to serve those families better. She considers these issues—and their interconnections—from critical, gendered, and culturally relevant perspectives. In addition, she addresses how racial and economic inequality intersect in education and explores ways that youth and families of color impacted by poverty can be politically empowered to challenge systemic education inequity.

Dr. Wilson has published extensively in leading national and international journals, and she is co-editor of the book Advancing Equity and Achievement in America’s Diverse Schools: Inclusive Theories, Policies, and Practices (Routledge). She has presented her work throughout the United States and at many international venues, including as an invited guest lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and as a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill in Barbados. Her work and commentary has also been featured in prominent media outlets like the New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar. Additionally, she actively collaborates with youth, family, and community activists in national and regional educational improvement initiatives. In 2020, she founded the University of Michigan School of Education’s CREATE Center. The CREATE Center fosters community-based research on equity, activism, and transformative education.

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. University of Michigan; B.A, Whittier College