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Dr. Robert S. Harvey

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Dr. Robert S. Harvey, a native of St. Louis, is an educator, writer, organizational strategist, school system-leader, and arts and culture advocate pursuing a vision of justice, equity, and love. Dr. Harvey is the Superintendent of East Harlem Scholars Academies, a community-based network of public schools and Chief Academic Officer of ETHP, in New York City. He also serves as a visiting professor in public leadership.

Committing his life to public thought, he holds a doctorate in leadership, culture, and society from Memphis Theological Seminary, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bryant University. His written work has appeared in Education Post, Citizen Education, TheGrio, EdWeek, Blavity, Chalkbeat, Education Dive, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and multiple academic journals and publications focused on race, pedagogy, and intersectional social/identity justice for the goal of equitable and inclusive communities.

He is also the author of Abolitionist Leadership in Schools: Undoing Systemic Injustice through Communally Consciousness Education (Routledge 2021), exploring school leadership, racial equity, and abolition; and the upcoming text, Teaching as Protest: Emancipating Classrooms through Racial Consciousness. In service to the community, he represents East Harlem on the Manhattan Community Board, and serves on nonprofit Boards advancing academic and economic development, and the arts/culture.


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