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Francis Pearman

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Francis Pearman

Assistant Professor

Assistant: John Baker

Office: CERAS 524


Francis A. Pearman is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. His research focuses on how poverty and inequality shape the life chances of children, especially in rapidly changing cities. Pearman holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. from the University of Virginia.

Other Titles

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education
Member, Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Policy
SHIPS (PhD): Sociology of Education

Research Interests

Early Childhood | Educational Policy | Poverty and Inequality | Race and Ethnicity | Research Methods | Sociology

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Recent Publications

Pearman, F. A., & Steyer, L. (2023). Gentrification, displacement, and academic achievement: A formal mediation analysis. Social Science Research, 115, 102905.

Pearman, F. A., & Greene, D. M. (2022). School Closures and the Gentrification of the Black Metropolis. SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION.

Pearman, F. A. (2021). Collective Racial Bias and the Black-White Test Score Gap. RACE AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

Francis Pearman in the News & Media

Assistant Professor Francis A. Pearman discusses costs associated with shuttering schools permanently.
January 24, 2024
Research by Assistant Professor Francis Pearman finds that majority-Black schools are about three times as likely to close as schools with smaller enrollments of Black students, even when accounting for common reasons behind closures.
November 28, 2023
Assistant Professor Francis Pearman discusses the role school discipline plays in the racial achievement gap.
June 14, 2023
An op-ed coauthored by Assistant Professor Francis A. Pearman details ways for California policymakers to respond to public school enrollment trends.
April 6, 2023
Research by Assistant Professor Francis A. Pearman and doctoral student Danielle Marie Greene found that school closures increase the likelihood of property values rising and more affluent families moving into predominantly Black neighborhoods.
April 11, 2022
Illustration of preschool teacher and class
October 14, 2019
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