Graduate student Ruby Bafu has been selected to receive a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will provide financial support for three years. This award is a highly significant national accomplishment and places its awardees among an elite group of fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers.
Ruby’s research examines the influence of school punishment practices on Black girls’ understanding of themselves. She uses interviews with Black middle and high school girls in Dane County to contextualize their academic experiences and study how school punishment practices shape Black girls’ racial identity formation processes. Her research contributes to education scholarship by interrogating school punishment practices at the intersections of race, gender, and class to expand our knowledge of Black students’ sense-making processes and their academic experiences and outcomes.