Center on Race and Social Problems

James Huguley, Ph.D.

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University of Pittsburgh
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Dr. James P. Huguley is an Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems and School of Social Work.  His research focuses on promoting high academic achievement and other positive youth outcomes among African American students across school, family, and community contexts.  Huguley’s current work examines racial differences in how students respond to various high school settings, and the implications of these differences for narrowing disparities in educational outcomes.  Huguley also researches racial socialization practices in African American families and their impacts on education and mental health outcomes in adolescence. Prior to his academic career Huguley served concurrently as a secondary school teacher and as the co-director of a rigorous education and leadership development program for urban youth.  Huguley received his bachelors in English-Secondary Education from Providence College, and both his masters in Risk and Prevention and doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. Huguley is a 2012-2013 National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow, as well as an Educational Research Fellow for the Latino Policy Institute.

Research Interests

  • Effective interventions for positive urban youth development
  • Racial differences in educational outcomes
  • African American parenting practices
  • Racial dimensions of students’ experiences with school cultures

Funded Projects and Fellowships

  • 2012-2013, Principal Investigator, Racial Achievement Dynamics in High School: Modeling Key Social and Structural Theories. Funder: Spencer Foundation.

  • 2012-2013. Principal Investigator, Latino Students in Rhode Island: A review of Local and National Performances. Funder: Latino Policy Institute.