Congratulations, Dr. Jason Ellis

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Ellis, Assistant Professor in EDST, who has been chosen as a 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.  This fellowship award of $70,000 USD is designed to enhance the future of education research by developing new talent in the many disciplines and fields represented by the scholars selected. These fellowships are administered by the National Academy of Education, an honorary educational society, and they are funded by a grant to the Academy from the Spencer Foundation.

Dr. Ellis will be studying suburban schooling and inequality. His project focussing on the Metro Toronto suburb of Etobicoke will examine how suburban housing and schooling operated as enormous engines for economic opportunity and social mobility in that community in the period leading up to 1970, only to see the community fall victim to mounting inequality in the years after. By studying the historical political economy of policy choices that grew Etobicoke and its schools, but that also over time planted the seeds of suburban inequality, his research will identify and isolate renewed educational and public policy options that could be used to address the unequal distribution of wealth and life chances, a problem that today affects many of Canada’s inner suburban communities.