WUSTL urban studies scholar Carol Camp Yeakey named AERA fellow

Carol Camp Yeakey, PhD, founding director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies and of the Center on Urban Research and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of 23 scholars selected as 2013 fellows by the American Educational Research Association (AERA).


Yeakey, a professor of education, of urban studies, of international and area studies and of American culture studies, all in Arts & Sciences, is being recognized by AERA for “exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research or significant contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings.”

The new fellows were nominated by their peers, selected by the Fellows Program Committee, and approved by the AERA Council. They join 534 current AERA Fellows.

Born in Chicago, Yeakey began her education career as a public school teacher and administrator in Chicago Public Schools. She later earned a doctorate in organization theory and public policy from Northwestern University and completed postdoctoral work at Yale University.

Prior to coming to WUSTL in 2004, she served on the graduate faculty at the University of Virginia. She also has served on the graduate faculties of Purdue University, Rutgers University and the Teachers College at Columbia University. She has been a Rockefeller Fellow and a Bush Fellow at the Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy in the Department of Psychology at Yale University; a Ford Fellow of the National Academy of Education; and a Dartmouth Fellow at the Center for the Study of Comparative Politics and Inter-group Relations in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College.

Her areas of research are organizational politics and social welfare policy as said policy pertains to children, young adults and families in urban areas. The co-author or co-editor of 13 book volumes, she has served as a senior research scientist at the Kellogg Foundation; the Children’s Defense Fund; the College Board; the Josiah Macy Foundation; and the Educational Testing Service.

She was awarded AERA’s Distinguished Career Contribution Award in 2010.

AERA is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education. Founded in 1916, aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.