ArCasia D. James-Gallaway, Ph.D., is a proud first-generation college graduate and Waco public schools (WISD) alumnae, whose family born and bred her in Waco, Texas. Dr. James-Gallaway is also an interdisciplinary historian of education, whose work seeks to bridge past and present perspectives on African American struggles for educational justice. Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Teaching, Learning, and Culture Department at Texas A&M University, where she is also an ACES Fellow and an ADVANCE Scholar. She earned her PhD in History of Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; her master's degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Pennsylvania; and her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, Austin, where she pursued a dual major in Sociology and History.
Dr. James-Gallaway's research agenda follows three overlapping strands of inquiry: the history of African American education, Black history education, and Black women's and girls' education experiences. These strands engage critical theories and methodologies such as critical race theory, Black feminist theory, and oral history methodology, and they coalesce around the ways white supremacy, antiBlackness, misogynoir, and other interlocking systems of oppression have shaped African American education.
Dr. James-Gallaway is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and an Illinois Distinguished Fellowship. Additionally, she was designated as a University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, a Dean's Centennial Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and a member of the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity, Diversity Scholars Network.