Peniel E. Joseph, PhD
CSRD Founding Director and Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values
In September 2015, Dr. Joseph received a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and at the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts. Prior to his tenure at the University of Texas, Dr. Joseph was a professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Where there Dr. Joseph also founded the the first Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens. For more info about Dr. Joseph visit here
In February 2016, Asilee joined the CSRD as its Administrative Associate. Her responsibilities have grown to include program and office management, events/project coordinator, and providing complex executive support to the CSRD Director. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Asilee has a diverse history which includes work in local county government, theater production, artist development and management, recording music industry, cable television, real estate, and higher education.
Chloe Latham Sikes
Lead Graduate Research Assistant/Personal Assistant to Dr. Joseph
Chloe Latham Sikes is a doctoral student in UT’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction-Cultural Studies in Education. She previously worked in college readiness programs and university admissions. During both the 2015 and 2017 Texas state legislative sessions, Chloe had the opportunity to work as a lobbyist and legislative intern with educational advocacy groups advancing equity in education policy across both k-12 and higher education contexts. Her research interests include the influences of sociocultural contexts on educational policy, the intersections of immigration and education, issues of racial equity and access in education, and critical policy analysis. Chloe joins the CSRD in September 2018 as its lead Graduate Research Assistant.
Graduate Research Assistant
Devin, originally from Los Angeles, California, is currently working on his PhD in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He teaches a course called Sociocultural Influences on Learning in the College of Education at UT, while also working for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Devin earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, with a double major in Sociology, History and a minor in Women’s studies. He taught English in Korea for 2 years and has traveled to over 30 countries. In April of 2017, Devin was awarded the Global Student Leadership Award by the Diversity Abroad Network for his work in creating equity and access within study abroad. Most recently, he started a non-profit called The WorldWalker Foundation, with a mission of providing financial resources to help Black students have international learning opportunities. Devin joined the CSRD in September 2017 and is currently leading its Civil Rights Burnt Orange Project. Upon completing his degree in May 2018, Devin has plans to become a tenure-track Professor, researching the intersection of race, equity and education.