Last updated on: 9/5/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

David L. Brunsma, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?"
Reasoning:

“The ‘evidence’ that has been invoked throughout this uniform movement has been… generalization after generalization from an ever-flowing stream of anecdote, with little to no critical thinking, and certainly no empirical investigation. The movement can be categorized as one of anecdote versus evidence, fear versus rationality, the status quo versus social and educational change…

It should be clear by now that uniform policies are not effective in our public schools. …[S]chool uniforms, as a policy and strategy, do not play a role in producing more parental involvement, increased preparedness, positive approaches toward learning, pro-school attitudes, a heightened feeling of school unity and safety, or positive school climates. Therefore, such a policy should not be discussed as increasing the educational atmosphere at any level of schooling.”

The School Uniform Movement and What It Tells Us about American Education: A Symbolic Crusade, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
IIndividuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies, 2012-present
  • Professor of Sociology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2011-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World, 2008-present
  • Co-Editor, Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences, 2009-2014
  • Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2010-2011
  • Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2010-2011
  • Interim Director of the Black Studies Program, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2009-2010
  • Interim Assistant Director of the Black Studies Program. University of Missouri-Columbia, 2008-2009
  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, University of Missouri–Columbia, 2006-2009
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, University of Missouri–Columbia, 2004-2006
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Alabama at Huntsville, 1998-2004
  • Instructor, University of Notre Dame, 1997-1998
  • Instructor, Davenport College, 1997-1998
  • Instructor, Goshen College, 1996-1998
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Notre Dame, 1994-1995
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 1998
  • MA, Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 1995
  • BA, Sociology, Goshen College, 1992
Other:
  • Honorable Mention, Gordon Hirabyashi Human Rights Book Award, 2014
  • Nomination, Gordon Hirabyashi Human Rights Book Award, 2013
  • Recipient, E. Gordon Ericksen Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty, 2013
  • Recipient, CLAHS Grant Writing Incentive Grant, 2011
  • Elected to the Council of the American Sociological Association, 2010
  • Recipient, W.E.B. DuBois Award, Sociologists Without Borders, 2010
  • Elected as Chair-Elect of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, American Sociological Association, 2010
  • Finalist, Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Award, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2009
  • Finalist, Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2008
  • Finalist, Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2008
  • Elected to the Publications Committee, Association of Black Sociologists, 2008
  • Recipient, UAH Humanities Center Faculty Grant, 2003
  • Recipient, UAH Research Mini-Grant, 2000
  • Recipient, UAH Research Mini-Grant, 1999
  • Twitter handle: @brunsma
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?