Bianca J. Baldridge, Ph.D.

Bianca J. Baldridge, Ph.D. (she, her, hers) is an Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with expertise in community-based education and critical youth work practice. Baldridge’s research explores the sociopolitical context of community-based youth work and critically examines the confluence of race, class, and gender and their impact on educational reforms that shape community-based spaces engaging Black youth in the US. In addition, she explores the organizational and pedagogical practices employed by youth workers amid educational reforms and restructuring.

She is author of Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work (Stanford University Press). This book examines how racialized market-based reforms undermine Black community-based organizations’ efforts to support comprehensive youth development opportunities. Reclaiming Community received the 2019 American Educational Studies Association Critic’s Choice Book Award.