Darion A. Wallace, from Inglewood, CA, is a lecturer at San Francisco State University within the Africana Studies department teaching courses on Black Masculinities and Black Social Science. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University. Darion is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education in the Race, Inequality, and Language in Education and Education Data Science programs.
As a Black Education Studies scholar, Darion’s research draws upon Black Studies, Sociology, and History, while employing mixed methods, to interrogate the ways K-12 American schools cohere logics of (anti)blackness and structure the life and educational outcomes of Black students across temporal and spatial bounds. Moreover, he is interested in how abolitionist praxes, pedagogies, and epistemologies rooted in the Black radical and intellectual tradition have and continue to serve a liberatory function in the project of Black education. Darion has engaged in community based research through his partnerships with public schools and libraries to develop secondary students’ historical literacies and archival skills to help them better understand the localized sociopolitical context that undergirds their lived experience. Darion finds intellectual community withing the following academic spaces: Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Sociological Association (ASA), the History of Education Society (HES), the American Historical Association (AHA), and the Comparative International Education Society (CIES).
Previously, he has worked with the Learning Policy Institute as a Research and Policy Associate and the Service Employees International Union as an Organizer. Darion is recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship, the Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholars Fellowship, the Haas Graduate Public Service Fellowship, the Stanford Research, Action, and Impact through Strategic Engagement Fellowship, Stanford Impact Labs Summer Fellowship, and the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.