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Mark R. Warren

University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. Warren is Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the author of Willful Defiance: The Movement to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Oxford University Press, 2022). He was the lead author of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (Oxford University Press, 2011). He studies efforts to strengthen institutions that anchor low-income communities— schools, congregations and other community-based organizations—and to build broad-based alliances among these institutions and across race and social class. He is concerned with the revitalization of American democratic and community life, and is committed to using the results of scholarly research to promote equity in public policy and to advance democratic practice. He co-authors the 2018 book, Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out, featuring voices from the frontlines of a new movement for educational justice that is growing across the United States. Learn more at