Prof. Baum is studying the history of Baltimore school desegregation. Although the city moved quickly in 1954 to desegregate schools, Baltimore schools are now 88% African American, and black students have less chance of encountering whites in Baltimore than in any other large American school district. The research analyzes why the school board selected open enrollment as its desegregation policy and how the policy contributed to these later conditions.
With a Guggenheim Fellowship during the 2004-2005 academic year, I am examining how American liberalism encouraged the board to consider this policy as a way of dealing with psychological and political conflicts around race.
Education planning and policy; History of Baltimore school desegregation; Community action for school reform; Planning by and for communities; Organizational behavior; Inter-organizational networks; Psychology of planning.