Susan Eaton is Research Director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Her scholarly and research interests center around the causes and cures for unequal opportunities for racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities in the United States. She is particularly concerned about the challenges of schooling and childrearing in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods. She has lectured, studied and written about related subjects for two decades as a journalist, scholar and activist across the United States, in South Africa and in Japan.
Susan is author, most recently, of The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial (Algonquin, 2007), a narrative book that interweaves the stories of a landmark contemporary civil rights case and an urban classroom in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also author of The Other Boston Busing Story: What’s Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line (Yale, 2001), which explores the adult lives of African-Americans who’d participated in a voluntary, urban to suburban school desegregation program as children. She is also co-author, with Gary Orfield, of Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Reversal of Brown v. Board of Education (New Press, 1996), an overview of recent and tragically overlooked jurisprudence on school desegregation.
Her writing has appeared in numerous popular and scholarly publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review and Education Week.
Susan holds a doctorate in education from Harvard where she was assistant director at the Project on School Desegregation. For nearly a decade, Susan was a staff reporter at daily newspapers in Massachusetts and Connecticut where she won several awards for her writing about public education.
Susan is currently at work on a book that explores the complexities and influence of immigration by chronicling the lives of three Latino immigrants struggling to find meaning and security in the 21st century United States.