Jamel K. Donnor, Ph.D., is a socio-legal scholar with faculty affiliations in Arts & Sciences and William & Mary Law School. His areas of expertise include education policy and law, race and the law, affirmative action and higher education, intercollegiate athletics, and school de/segregation.
Professor Donnor is one of the country’s leading experts on critical race theory, school segregation, and education inequality and race.
His work draws on political theory, legal history, and case law to examine questions on the relationship between law and racial inequality, and to interpret how the U.S. Supreme Court interacts with conservative ideology and right-wing movements in interpreting the Constitution.
Professor Donnor teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His earlier works focused on the educational experiences of Black males in higher education and at the secondary level.
EducationPh.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 HonorsRHSU 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)
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.