Shannon Sweeney

Ryan M. Good


Dissertation Topic/Title: School’s out (of place): Residents, neighborhood identity, and the contestation of school closures in Philadelphia


Advisor: James DeFilippis


Previous Degrees: M.A., Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University, 2011; M.A., Theological Studies, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2006; B.A., Physics, Goshen College, 2000


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In my dissertation, I am studying how local stakeholders invoked place-rooted arguments in contesting the proposed closure of Philadelphia public schools in 2013. My research explores the politics and the construction of place through the vantage point of people marginalized by systems of race and class inequality. By illuminating the ways place identity has been employed in debating school closures in Philadelphia, this project reinforces the importance of place for a policy conversation that has deemphasized the relationship between neighborhoods and public schools through the advancement of a “portfolio of schools” reform strategy that prioritizes the creation of a diverse set of schooling options across the city.


More broadly, my interests include:


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