Deborah E. Southern
Rossier Dean's Fellowship
University of Michigan
MA, Higher Education
BA, Asian Studies and History
Whiteness in higher education organization policy, practices, and routines; dismantling systems of white supremacy in higher education; decolonial and anti-racist organizational transformations; qualitative methods.
Deborah E. Southern is a doctoral candidate in the Urban Education Policy program at University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Her research interests include whiteness in organization policy, practices, and routines, and dismantling white supremacy in higher education. Originally from Rochester, New York, Deborah earned an MA in Higher Education at the University of Michigan and a BA in Asian studies and History at Occidental College.
Research assistant, NSF C-CIDE project with Dr. Julie Posselt, University of Southern California | 2019-Present
Research assistant, NSF ASPIRE project with Dr. Julie Posselt, University of Southern California | 2018-Present
Research assistant, NSF FIELD project with Dr. Julie Posselt, University of Southern California | 2017-2019
Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Intern, Student Life and Housing, University of Michigan | 2015-2017
Curriculum and Student Services Administrator, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan | 2012-2015
Honors and Awards:
2019 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention
2016 Rackham Summer Award, University of Michigan
2016 Student Academic Multicultural Initiatives Fellowship, University of Michigan