Calvin Zimmermann

Research Interests: 

Sociology of race, intersectionality, childhood, education


Calvin Zimmermann is a Ph.D. candidate and William Fontaine fellow of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Calvin grew up on the west side of Chicago, Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where he was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and received his B.A. in sociology. Calvin's research interests are at the intersections of the sociology of race, gender, class, and education. Broadly, his research focuses on variations in children’s early school experiences by race, class, and gender. His dissertation research is a comparative ethnography of young Black boys’ schooling and play in the United States and South Africa. In addition to his academic work, he serves as a graduate fellow for the Center for Africana Studies’ Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen. He also leads an after-school program for middle school boys of color in a local charter school.

Contact Information:

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