Assistant Professor for the Department of Educational Policy Studies
Bianca J. Baldridge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has been a youth worker within community-based afterschool programs for over ten years. She earned her PhD in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Baldridge’s research interests are in community and school partnerships, after school education, sociology of youth, race, inequality and education, urban schooling, critical pedagogies, and black youth activism.
Her experience as an instructor, curriculum developer, and consultant to community youth programs has informed her research in profound ways. She has worked with programs in Los Angeles and Oakland, California, and New York City, with organizations such as the Future Leaders of America, Compton Unified School District, Oakland All City Council, the New York City Lab School, and the Harlem Health Promotion Center. Bianca has also worked internationally with youth as a consultant for an international youth leadership forum in Aomori, Japan as well as a curriculum developer and consultant for youth centers established to educate youth about HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg, South Africa.