Carol Camp Yeakey

Professor of Education, Urban Studies, International and Area Studies, African and African American Studies, and American Culture Studies
Founding Director of the Center on Urban Research & Public Policy and the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies
Marshall S. Snow Professor of Arts & Sciences
PhD, Northwestern University
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    Professor Camp Yeakey's primary area of research is social welfare policy as said policy pertains to marginalized children, young adults and families and the neighborhood contexts in which they live.

    Carol Camp Yeakey is the Marshall S. Snow Professor of Arts & Sciences and the founding director of the interdisciplinary program in Urban Studies and its Center on Urban Research and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds faculty appointments as Professor of Education; of American Culture Studies; and, of Urban Studies & Public Policy and is a Faculty Scholar in the Institute for Public Health. She received her PhD from Northwestern University in Social Policy.

    Among her research awards and fellowships, she has been a Rockefeller Fellow and a Bush Fellow at the Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy in the Department of Psychology at Yale University; a Ford Fellow of the National Academy of Education; and, a Dartmouth Fellow at the Center for the Study of Comparative Politics and Inter-group Relations in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College. She was elected a member of the National Academy of Education (NAEd), in 2016; awarded an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship for higher education leadership development in 2004; received the Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA) in 2012; and, was elected a Fellow in 2013.

    Camp Yeakey's primary area of research is social welfare policy as said policy pertains to marginalized children, young adults and families and the neighborhood contexts in which they live. Her research examine the nexus between the mal/distribution of human groups in dense urban spaces with reference to material resources and the consequential social, political, economic and cultural patterns which evolve as a result of the sufficiency or insufficiency of those resources. Having published extensively in national and international social science research journals, she has served as Senior Research Scientist at: the Kellogg Foundation; the Children’s Defense Fund; the College Board; the Josiah Macy Foundation; and, the Educational Testing Service, among others. Similarly, she has presented her research at national and international venues as well, including but not limited to invited presentations at: Oxford University, Oxford, England; Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; the University of Cape Town (South Africa); University Complutense de Madrid, in Madrid, Spain; Universita de Bologna, Bologna, Italy; St Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, Russia; Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece; the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Villa Serbelloni, in Bellagio, Italy; at the Center for Strategic Urban Research at the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Campinas (Brazil) and, at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) among others. 

    She has published more than fifteen (15) authored or co-edited book volumes including Urban IIls: Twenty First Century Complexities to Urban Living in Global Contexts, (2014). Volumes I, II, published by Lexington books in the United Kingdom, in their sociology, criminology and philosophy series. Her next co/authored volumes Poverty and Place: Cancer Prevention among Lower Income Women of Color, and ‘No Place to be Somebody: ‘Urban Youth Marginality will be published by Lexington Books and Palgrave/Macmillan, respectively. She has held media interviews on pressing urban issues with The New York Times, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Russian (Sputnik) NewsAgence France Presse, Canadian Broadcasting Company, ABC World News Australia, and St. Louis Public Radio, among others. 

    A member of several editorial boards, and reviewer for government and nongovernment funding agencies, she is also a consultant for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NOW) and the Sao Paulo (Brazil) Research Foundation (FAPESP), among others.

      Suffer the Little Children: National and International Dimensions of Child Poverty and Public Policy Vol: 4

      Suffer the Little Children: National and International Dimensions of Child Poverty and Public Policy Vol: 4

      This volume examines the burden of poverty that children and young adults disproportionately share throughout the world. Contributions from international researchers examine some of the profound precursor issues that serve to inhibit the chances of children and young adults to education and social mobility in an international context. Issues such as housing and homelessness, family income, maternal and child health, child care, hunger, adolescent pregnancy, violence by and against children, the impact of war and famine, various forms of social deviance and early childhood education are investigated. The volume also examines the social, political and economic contexts in which poverty occurs, utilizing various theoretical perspectives by which to view issues such as human rights, social development and social cohesion in developing, emerging and transitional societies. Implicit throughout the volume are the decisions and non-decisions of governments as they confront issues of growing poverty and the repercussions of that poverty for future generations.

      Power, Voice and the Public Good: Schooling and Education in Global Societies Vol: 6

      Power, Voice and the Public Good: Schooling and Education in Global Societies Vol: 6

      Three themes underpin the tripartite structure of "Power, Voice, and the Public Good", including attention to the definitional and theoretical underpinnings of globalization; the ubiquitous nature and topical display of globalization; and, the possibilities of understanding, redefining and rethinking aspects of globalization with the backdrop of issues that relate to education, and the pursuit of public good. A plethora of examples how education and schooling respond to and are driven by larger global networks, demands, and discourses are explored. Each chapter of the book consistently addresses ways of looking at the hope and promise of education and schooling in spite of the advent, realities, and complexities of their globalized societies.e

      Poverty and Place: Cancer Prevention among Low-Income Women of Color

      Poverty and Place: Cancer Prevention among Low-Income Women of Color

      This book examines ways in which cancer health disparities exist due to class and context inequities even in the most advanced society of the world. This volume, while articulating health disparities in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area, including East St. Louis, Illinois, seeks to move beyond deficit models to focus on health equity. As cancer disparities continue to persist for low-income and women of color, the promotion and attainment of health equity becomes a matter of paramount importance. The volume demonstrates the importance of place and the historical inequity in socio-environmental settings that have contributed to marked health disparities. Through original research, this volume demonstrates that addressing the causes and contributors to women’s health disparities is a complex process that requires intervention from a socio-ecological framework, at micro-, meso-, and macro-levels of influence. The book highlights critical aspects of a practical multidimensional model of community engagement with important influences of the various levels of research, policy and practice. More pointedly, the authors support a new model of community engagement that focuses on individuals in their broader ecological context. In so doing, they seek to advance the art and science of community engagement and collaboration, while disavowing the ‘parachute’ model of research, policy and practice that reinforces and sustains the problems associated with the status quo. The book concludes with broader national policy considerations in the face of the erosion of the social safety net for America’s citizenry.

      Urban Ills: Twenty-first-Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts (Volume 2)

      Urban Ills: Twenty-first-Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts (Volume 2)

      Urban Ills: Twenty First Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts is a collection of original research focused on critical challenges and dilemmas to living in cities. Volume 2 is devoted to the myriad issues involving urban health and the dynamics of urban communities and their neighborhoods. The editors define the ecology of urban living as the relationship and adjustment of humans to a highly dense, diverse, and complex environment. This approach examines the nexus between the distribution of human groups with reference to material resources and the consequential social, political, economic, and cultural patterns which evolve as a result of the sufficiency or insufficiency of those material resources. They emphasize the most vulnerable populations suffering during and after the recession in the United States and around the world, and the chapters examine traditional issues of housing and employment with respect to these communities.

      Urban Ills: Twenty-first Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts (Volume 1)

      Urban Ills: Twenty-first Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts (Volume 1)

      Urban Ills: Twenty First Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts is a collection of original research focused on critical challenges and dilemmas to living in cities. Volume 1 examines both the economic impact of urban life and the social realities of urban living. The editors define the ecology of urban living as the relationship and adjustment of humans to a highly dense, diverse, and complex environment. This approach examines the nexus between the distribution of human groups with reference to material resources and the consequential social, political, economic, and cultural patterns which evolve as a result of the sufficiency or insufficiency of those material resources. They emphasize the most vulnerable populations suffering during and after the recession in the United States and around the world. The chapters seek to explore emerging issues and trends affecting the lives of the poor, minorities, immigrants, women, and children.

      Living on the Boundaries: Urban Marginality in National and International Contexts (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy, and Praxis)

      Living on the Boundaries: Urban Marginality in National and International Contexts (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy, and Praxis)

      Living on the Boundaries: Urban Marginality in National and International Contexts examines the complex, often controversial issues impacting those who live on the margins of society in our densely populated cities. It describes and analyzes the living conditions of marginalized persons in cities and neighborhoods throughout the world and the consequential impact on their future social mobility. Chapters focus on key issues that include immigration, educational under-achievement, urban renewal, public health, immigration, homelessness, environmental issues, race, segregation, and the marginality of urban youth and economically disadvantaged groups. This volume is packed with research compiled by an international array of scholars and intellectuals from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to sociology, economics, political science, psychology, education, public health, law, criminology, history, urban studies, geography and demography, and urban planning. From the first chapter to the last, this immensely insightful anthology richly details and informs us about the human condition, from multidisciplinary perspectives, about urban life in global contexts.

      Surmounting All Odds: Education, Opportunity, and Society in the New Millenium

      Surmounting All Odds: Education, Opportunity, and Society in the New Millenium

      Volume 1 in the two volume set about overcoming the odds in African American Education.