Friday, October 31st, 2014

About Dr. Wright


Dr. Brian L Wright holds a Ph.D. in Applied Child Development from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. Dr. Wright’s dissertation research examined the intersection of racial-ethnic identity as a factor to promote high academic achievement of five socially and academically successful African-American male adolescent 11th – and 12th –graders in an urban pilot high school in the Northeast. Dr. Wright was awarded a 2005 American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Research Award as well as a 2005 Graduate Student Research Award from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Tufts University. This local and national recognition of his work also included monetary gifts to offset dissertation cost.

Dr. Wright was a full-time lecturer in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the Graduate College of Education newly named the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston for 6 years. In this capacity, he taught the following graduate courses: Race, Class, Gender Education Reform, Teacher Research, and Sociocultural Perspectives on Education and supervised Student Teachers in Elementary and Middle School Education.

In 2009 Dr. Wright was awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Education within the Education Research Collaborative (ERC) Division of TERC (Technical Education Research Center) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He began this two-year residential fellowship in July 2009. During his tenure at TERC he has extended his current research agenda on high achieving young African-American males specifically in the areas of math and science in urban schools.

Dr. Wright has presented his research at local, state and national conferences. He also has a number of manuscripts under review, in progress and recently published on the social and academic development of young African-American males PreK-12—specifically in urban schools. Dr. Wright was recently awarded the Taylor and Francis Award to be presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2011 Annual Meeting for a joint article he wrote with two of his colleagues titled, “Accomplish Urban Teaching” that was published in Volume 49 of Theory into Practice (TIP).

Dr. Wright holds memberships in the following professional organizations: American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), and National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).