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About Me

My name is Barry Goldenberg -- I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME). I previously directed the Youth Historians in Harlem program from 2012-2016, an after-school program with high school students where we collaboratively researched the history of education in Harlem. I graduated from UCLA as a proud first generation college student, and was born and raised in St. Louis, MO.

To learn more about me, visit my personal website here.

About the Project and a Note for Scholars

While my research is supported by the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University, this project is my own endeavor -- and all mistakes are my own. As I think about my role as a historian (particularly being white and a Harlem outsider), and research in the academy more broadly, I believe that researchers must not conduct research about communities, but with communities. What does it look like to work with a community to learn about a school? What are those processes? What are our responsibilities as we research communities that are not our own, and not just being transparent, but contributing to the lives of those people responsible for making this research possible? This is my humble attempt to adhere to this belief -- to break down institutional barriers -- and collaborate with those whose stories I am fortunate enough to tell.