Camille Wilson


Camille  Wilson, School of Education

Dr. Camille Wilson is a professor of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Policy in the Department of Educational Studies. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature. She explores school-family-community engagement and transformative leadership as they relate to urban education reform and policy. She is a qualitative researcher who draws upon critical race and feminist methodologies. She has worked individually and collaboratively to conduct research anchored in epistemological traditions that value how research participants make meaning, form identities, enact agency, and are helped or hindered as they interact with  educational systems.

She is well known for her research related to African American mothers’ educational advocacy and their interaction with school choice policies. (She published as Camille Wilson Cooper prior to 2011). Her current research explores the educational activism of adult and youth community organizers in Detroit, MI. She and her CREATE (Community-based Research on Equity, Activism, and Transformative Education) research team are working to identify how democratic, equity-oriented, and community driven approaches to public educational improvement can be increased and sustained.

Dr. Wilson’s work has been published in leading U.S. journals such as Teachers College Record, and Educational Administration Quarterly, and in numerous scholarly books. She has also published in highly regarded, international journals such as the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Multicultural Education, and the International Journal of Leadership Education. Dr. Wilson has presented her work throughout the United States and at many international venues, including as an invited guest lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and as a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill in Barbados. Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. in Urban Schooling from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001.

Wilson teaches courses in the following program(s):
Educational Foundations and Policy
Educational Policy, Leadership, and Innovation
Educational Leadership and Policy
Literacy, Language, and Culture


Selected Publications

Wilson, Camille M. & Horsford, S.D. (Eds.) (2014). Advancing equity and achievement in America’s diverse schools: Inclusive theories, policies, and practices. New York: Routledge. 

Pedroni, T. C. and Wilson, Camille M. (Forthcoming 2014). Guest editors for a special issue of Educational Policy Analysis Archives. Theme: Reclaiming Education and the At-Risk City: Insights from Detroit.

Wilson, Camille M. (in press, 2014). Starting the bandwagon: A historiography of African American mothers’ leadership during school desegregation, 1954-1971. Advancing Women in Leadership, 34, (34-47).

Wilson, Camille M., Ek, L.D., & Douglas, T.M.O. (2014). "Recasting border crossing politics and pedagogies to combat educational inequity: Experiences, identities, and perceptions of Latino/a immigrant youth." The Urban Review 46(1),1-24. (DOI) 10.1007/s11256-013-0246-5. (Online version first printed 2013).

Wilson, Camille M., Douglas, T.M.O., & Nganga, C. (2013). "Starting with African American success: A strengths-based approach to transformative educational leadership." In L.C. Tillman & J.J. Scheurich (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational leadership for equity and diversity (pp. 111-133). New York: Routledge. 

Ruffin-Adams, A., and Wilson, Camille M. (2011). "Advocacy-based partnerships, special education, & African American families: Resisting the politics of containment." In S. Auerbach (Ed.) School leadership for authentic family and community partnerships: Research perspectives for transforming practice (pp. 78-97). New York: Routledge.

Cooper, Camille Wilson, Riehl, C.J., & Hasan, L. (2010). "Leading and learning with diverse families in schools: Critical epistemology amid communities of practice." Journal of School Leadership, 20(6), 760-790.

Cooper, Camille Wilson (2009). "Performing cultural work in demographically changing schools: Implications for expanding transformative leadership frameworks." Educational Administration Quarterly, 45(5), 694-724.

Cooper, Camille Wilson (2009). "Parent involvement, African American mothers, and the politics of educational care." Equity and Excellence in Education, 42(4), 379-394.

Cooper, Camille Wilson (2007). "School choice as 'motherwork': Valuing African American women’s educational advocacy and resistance." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(5), 491-512.

Cooper, Camille Wilson & Christie, C.A. (2005). "Evaluating parent empowerment: A look at the potential of social justice evaluation in education." Teachers College Record, 107(10), 2248-2271.

Cooper, Camille Wilson (2005). "School choice and the standpoint of African American mothers: Considering the power of positionality." Journal of Negro Education, 74(2), 174-189.

* (Published as Camille Wilson Cooper prior to 2011)




6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017 The Community-based Research on Equity, Activism, and Transformative Education (CREATE)
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation

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Fall 2016 EDUC 732. Critical Race Methodologies Promoted course. Read description »


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