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Jamel K. Donnor

The Fred Huby Memorial Professor of Education; Faculty Affiliate, Arts & Sciences and William & Mary Law School

Email: [[jkdonnor]]
Areas of Expertise: Critical Race Theory, Education Policy, Education Law, Constitutional Law, American Conservatism, Race & The Law, Sports Law


Jamel K. Donnor, Ph.D., is a social scientist in the School of Education at William & Mary with faculty affiliations in Arts & Sciences and William & Mary’s Law School. His areas of expertise include Education Policy, Constitutional Law, American Conservatism, U.S. Supreme Court Jurisprudence and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Professor Donnor has served as an expert rebuttal witness in Clark V. State Public Charter School Authority, one of the first anti-critical race theory lawsuits in the United States; and Emily Mais v. Albemarle County School Board, an anti-diversity lawsuit.

Professor Donnor draws upon political theory, legal history, and case law to examine questions that explore the relationship between law and racial inequality, and how the U.S. Supreme Court interacts with conservative ideology and right-wing movements in interpreting the Constitution.

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005

M.A. in Higher Education Administration, The Ohio State University, 1999
B.A. in Social Studies, Washington State University, 1997

Activities and Honors
RHSU Education-Scholar of Public Influence, Education Week (2022)
The Seven Society, Recipient, William & Mary (2022)
Derrick Bell Legacy Award, Honoree, Critical Race Studies in Education Association (2021)
Black Legacies Honoree, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University (2021)
Selected Publications

Donnor, J. K. (2021). White Fear, White Flight, the Rules of Racial Standing and Whiteness as Property Why Two Critical Race Theory Constructs are Better Than One. Education Policy, 35(2), 259-273. 

Farley, A. N., Leonardi, B., & Donnor, J. K. (Eds.) (2021). Perpetuating Inequalities: The Role of Political Distraction in Education Policy. Education Policy, 35(2), 163-179.

Donnor, J.K. (2021). The Last Plantation: Toward a New Understanding of the Relationship Between Race, Major College Sports, and American Higher Education. In M. Lynn & A.D. Dixson (Eds.). Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Donnor, J.K. (2020). Understanding White Racial Sovereignty: Doing Research on Race and Inequality in the Trump era (and Beyond). International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 33(2), 285-292.

Donnor, J. K. (2017). Cowan, Whiteness, Resistance to Brown, and the Persistence of the Past. Peabody Journal of Education, 93(1), 23-37.

Harper, S., & Donnor, J.K. (Eds) (2017). Scandals in College Sports. New York: Routledge.

Donnor, J.K. (2016). Lies, Myths, Stock Stories, and Other Troupes: Understanding Race and Whites’ Policy Preferences in Education. Urban Education, 51(3), 343-360

Dixson, A. D., Rousseau, C. K., & Donnor, J. K. (Eds). (2016). Critical Race Theory in Education: All God’s Children Got a Song (2nd, ed,). New York: Routledge.

Donnor, J. K. (2005). Towards an Interest-Convergence in the Education of African American Football Student Athletes in Major College Sports. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 8(1), 45-67.