• Ph.D., Educational Theory, Organization, and Policy; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
• Ed.M., Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
• B.A., Psychology, Sociology minor, Magna Cum Laude, Kean University
• Association of Black Sociologists (ABS)
Expertise & Research Interest
Community-Based Black Education
Recent and Select Publications
Clay, K. L. and Broege, N. (2021). Searching for Amistad in two districts: A case study of Black history curriculum implementation in New Jersey. Educational Administration Quarterly.
Clay, K. L. and Turner, D.* (2021). “Maybe you should try it this way instead:” Youth activism amid managerialist subterfuge. American Educational Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831221993476 Clay,
K. L. and Rubin, B. C. (2020). “I look deep into this stuff because it’s a part of me:” Toward a critically relevant civics education. Theory and Research in Social Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2019.1680466
Clay, K. L. (2019). “Despite the odds:” Unpacking the politics of black resilience neoliberalism. American Educational Research Journal, 56(1), 75 – 110. DOI: 10.3102/0002831218790214.
Williams, K., Burt, B.A., Clay, K. L., and Bridges, B. (2019). Stories untold: Counter-narratives to anti- blackness and deficit-oriented discourse concerning HBCUs. American Educational Research Journal. DOI: 10.3102/0002831218802776.
Honors & Awards
VCU Humanities Research Center Residential Fellowship – $3,500 “I Guess This is Activism?”: Youth Politicization and Free-Market Common Sense.
Charles P. Ruch Award for Excellence in Teaching, VCU School of Education
National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship – $27,500 United
Negro College Fund, Frederick D. Patterson Research Fellowship
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