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Deborah E. Southern
Deborah E. Southern

Deborah E. Southern

Cohort: 2017

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

University of Michigan
MA, Higher Education

Occidental College
BA, Asian Studies and History

Advisor(s)

Concentration

Higher Education

Research Interest

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

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.

Experience

Professional Experience:

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

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