“For me, personal individual success is great and all, but I don’t feel complete if the people around me —including my community is not succeeding as well.”


Dr. Douglas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and an affiliate faculty member of the Black Studies program at the University of Missouri. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Studies/Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration. Drawing on his international background, Dr. Douglas’ work explores the intersections between identity, community space (e.g. barbershops, sports fields, neighborhoods, and churches) and the social and cultural foundations of leadership and education.


Dr. Douglas is not your typical academic. He has taught in K-12 and post-secondary settings in the U.S. and Bermuda, founded and directed a GED Community School, and served on the executive committee of the American Educational Studies Association. He is a border crossing brotha-scholar who authentically connects with people, while operationalizing his MEsearch and WEsearch for maximum community impact. [If we use this language, we have to define what me and we search are, perhaps the same goes for what it means to be a border crosser. I lowkey think that there should be an entire section on FREEsearch and FREEdership.] The co-editor of a new special issue on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Teachers College Record—one of the leading education journals, Douglas’ work is crossing borders!


He has also been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including the prestigious 2013-2014 UNCG School of Education’s Early Career Award, a 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the 2016 Mizzou College of Education Outstanding College Teaching Award.



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