Elizabeth Todd-Breland

Associate professor of history


Elizabeth Todd-Breland

Elizabeth Todd-Breland — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Historian Elizabeth Todd-Breland explores how 20th-century societal shifts produced racialized political struggles for power, resources, and representation that remain key issues in current urban policy debates in Chicago and across the nation.

Her book, “A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Post-Civil Rights Chicago,” analyzes changes in black politics, shifts in education organizing strategies, and the racial politics of education reform from the 1960s to the present.

Todd-Breland is also collecting data for a new digital humanities mapping project on the relationship between inequality in schools, housing and neighborhood change.

Her teaching interests and other areas of research broadly explore issues in urban history, including social and economic inequality, race, urban education, neighborhood change, urban public policy and civic engagement.

Todd-Breland is one of only 30 international education scholars to be selected as a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.

Subject areas:

  • Racial Politics
  • Urban History
  • Education Reform
  • African American History
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Chicago History
  • Race, Gender, & Sports
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