Eve Ewing

Associate Professor Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity


Eve Ewing is an Associate Professor Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity. Ewing is a qualitative sociologist of education whose work is focused on the ways that large-scale social structures such as racism and social inequality impact the lived experiences of young people enrolled in urban public schools. Her book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism & School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, explores the relationship between the closing of public schools and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the University, Professor Ewing has been an educator in both traditional and community-based settings, including Chicago Public Schools, After School Matters. She also serves on the Board of Directors of MassLEAP, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth, artist-educators, and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken-word poetry forums throughout Massachusetts. Professor Ewing is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including a Small Research Grant from the Spencer Foundation and the 2017 American Educational Research Association Division G Dissertation of the Year Award. In addition to her academic writing, Professor Ewing is a prolific writer across multiple genres, including poetry, theater, and children’s fiction. Her most recent poetry collection, 1919, tells the story of the race riot that rocked Chicago in the summer of that year.


Selected Publications


Ewing, E.L. (2018). Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. University of Chicago Press.

Book Chapters:

Ewing, E.L. (2018). Vacancies to Fill. In D. Watson, J. Hagopian, W. Au (Eds.) Teaching for Black Lives. Rethinking Schools.

Ewing, E.L. (2018). The Quality of the Light: Evidence, Truths, and the Odd Practice of the Poet-Sociologist. In O. Perlow (Ed.), Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation, and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy. Palgrave MacMillan.



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