Francis A. Pearman

Assistant Professor of Education
Stanford University
Francis A. Pearman is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. His research focuses on how poverty and inequality shape the life chances of children, with an explicit focus on how these dynamics play out in rapidly changing cities. He has focused on such topics as the impacts of school choice on urban revitalization, the relationship between racial discipline gaps and racial achievement gaps, neighborhood variation in PreK effects, the educational impacts of gentrification, and gang activity in schools. Throughout his research, Pearman combines rigorous quantitative methods with careful attention to how “big data,” including geo-coded crime statistics, business information, and local voting patterns might open new sites of inquiry in the field of education. His research has been published in a variety of leading journals, including American Educational Research Journal, Sociology of Education, Review of Educational Research, Urban Education, and the American Journal of Criminal Justice, and has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Atlantic and CityLab.

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