Staff Notes


Angel L. Harris, Director

Contact:; 681-4976

Angel is Professor of sociology and African & African American Studies at Duke University. His research interests include social inequality, policy, and education. He has published several articles and book chapters on the racial achievement gap. Angel is the author of Kids Don’t Want to Fail (Harvard University Press), which provides an in-depth quantitative assessment of whether youth from marginalized groups purposefully resist schooling in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He is also the author of The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education (with Keith Robinson, Harvard University Press), which examines the link between parenting and youths’ schooling outcomes.

Jackie Terrell, Project Manager and Coordinator

Contact:; 681-4976

Jackie serves as the program manager and coordinator for REDY. She joined Duke in 1999 and worked for the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) and Ph.D. programs at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She also worked as program manager at the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. Jackie received the Duke University Black Graduate and Professional Student Association Julian Abele Achievement “Administrator of the Year” Award in 2004-2005 and the Duke University and Health System Blue Ribbon “Diversity” Award in 2010. She is a founding and current board member of the Central Park School for Children. 

Virginia Eanes, PreK Thinking Skills Trainer

Virginia has 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood education, and is a co-founder of the Children's House Montessori School in Burlington, NC. She also has extensive experience working with children of Special Needs and autism. Virginia joined the REDY team in early 2017, and her research interests are focused on how strong early language acquisition helps to close the achievement gap. She serves in the capacity of a Teacher Trainer for the Pre-K Thinking Skills component of the REDY, Set, Start! School Readiness For All program within REDY.

Adrienne Fuller, Research Aide

Adrienne serves as a research aide for REDY. Her research interests centers around the well-being of children and contributing efforts made to exemplify success despite social circumstances. With the priority of school readiness in classrooms, she hopes to leave an impact in the lives of the future generation one step at a time.

Lindah Mhando, Researcher

Contact:; 681-4976

Mhando’s research interests include stratification/social inequality, cultural capital, comparative and international education, political economy of immigrant children and social movements. Her interaction with different cultures, speaking five languages and her life between three continents; Africa, Europe and the U.S, has given her a transnational and transcultural vision that is reflected in her research and teaching. She draws from frameworks in Sociology, Transnational feminism, Economics, Education, Jurisprudence, Political science, and human rights. Mhando is engaging in interdisciplinary research that examines how gender, race, class and health care shape youth aspirations and subjectivities and has evaluated social and political implication of educational outcomes that have illuminated social movements among immigrant communities across time and space.

Kamilah Legette, Postdoctoral Fellow

Kamilah received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2015. Her research interests are in education, youth development, and racial and class inequality. Her current work explores the implications of school tracking on Black youth racial identity and future orientation. Future work will examine the role of class in Black schooling experiences and racial identity development.

Emily Persons, Researcher

Emily is a PhD Candidate and Dean’s Graduate Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Duke University. Her dissertation research examines the implications of school closings on school outcomes and neighborhood reputations. Her research interests include educational inequality, the organization of schools, social policy, and quantitative methods.


Faculty Affiliates

Gill Crozier, School of Education, University of Roehampton, London England

Michael Edwards, Fine Arts, University of the Bahamas

Niambi Hall-Campbell, Department of Education, University of the Bahamas

Gregory Price, School of Business, Langston University

Rashell Smith-Spears, Associate Professor, Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, Jackson State University

Valerie Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Spelman College



Research Associates

Jaron Bowman

John Bumpus

Emily Persons

Tony Tong

Eitan Tye