Lori A. Delale-O'Connor

Lori Delale-O'Connor, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Education at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education. Her research focuses on examining the connections between families, communities, and education across spaces with a particular focus on fostering equity and justice for children and youth in urbanized educational systems.

Dr. Delale-O'Connor earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was also a certificate fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences--a pre-doctoral training program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. She also holds an M.Ed. in secondary education from Boston College where she was a Donovan Urban Scholar and taught secondary social studies in the Boston Public Schools. Dr. Delale-O'Connor's work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Her wok has has been published in the American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, and Urban Education, among other research outlets. She is also co-author of the 2019 book, "These Kids Are Out of Control": Why We Must Reimagine "Classroom Management" for Equity (Sage Publications).

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Delale-O'Connor was a research scientist at Child Trends, a non-profit research center focused on improving the well-being of children across the lifespan. There she designed and conducted evaluations of programs serving children and youth.

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Delale-O'Connor, L., Huguley, J. P., Parr, A., & Wang, M.-T. (2019). Racialized Compensatory Cultivation: Centering Race in Parental Educational Engagement and Enrichment. American Educational Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831219890575
Delale-O'Connor, L. (2018) Choosing, defaulting or falling short: Defaulters in the education context. Teachers College Record 120(4).
Delale-O'Connor, L. & Murray, I. E. (2020). Relationships, resources, and reciprocity: Lessons on engaging with marginalized and diverse communities through asset-based participant evaluation research. pp. 85-101 In A. Morrell, J. Petrie-Wyman & A. Soudi (Eds) Diversity Across Disciplines: Research on People, Policy, Process, and Paradigm. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing
Delale-O'Connor, L. & *Graham, D. L. (2019) Teachers' talk about race and caregiver support: "You can NEVER be too sure about parents." Urban Education. 54(4), 499-534.
Milner, H.R., Cunningham, H.B., Delale-O'Connor, L., & Kestenberg (2018). These Kids Are Out of Control: Why We Must Reimagine Classroom Management for Equity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Lori A. Delale-O'Connor


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