Roderick L. Carey

Assistant Professor


124 Alison Hall




  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland College Park
  • Ed.M., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Secondary Education and English, Boston College
Curriculum Vitae

Course Taught or Developed:

  • HDFS 422 Family Relationships


Roderick L. Carey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. His current interdisciplinary research serves to make sense of the school experiences of black and Latino adolescent boys and young men in urban contexts, drawing upon critical theories, sociological tools, and constructs from developmental psychology. Dr. Carey employs primarily qualitative approaches in researching and writing about both macro and micro issues related to families and schools, teacher education, professional development for equity, and the ways black and Latino adolescent boys and young men conceptualize their post-secondary school futures and enact college-going processes.

Dr. Carey received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration on Minority and Urban Education, from the University of Maryland College Park; his Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and his B.A. in Secondary Education and English from Boston College.

Prior to joining the University of Delaware, Dr. Carey was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Urban Education. In partnership with the Department of Applied Developmental Psychology in the School of Education, he was the lead qualitative researcher on a team conducting mix-methods evaluations of the Heinz Endowments Youth Organizing initiative. He also chaired the first Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum, which brings together approximately 100 Pittsburgh area educators annually for two days of workshops, lectures, discussions, and other professional learning experiences. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Research Assistant for a $1.5 million Institute of Education Sciences grant to design a writing curriculum to improve reading and writing among predominantly black and Latino middle-school students.

He spent four years working in urban charter schools in Washington, D.C., as a high school English teacher, coach, performing arts coordinator, and instructional leader.

Dr. Carey has been invited to deliver speeches, lectures, and conference research presentations locally, nationally, and internationally and has consulted with independent schools, summer camps, and such organizations as the Southern Poverty Law Center on issues related to race, justice, and education. He has published book chapters and reviews, and he authors a blog on the Huffington Post. Most recently, his articles have been published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Education and Urban Society, Educational Administration Quarterly, Independent School, The Urban Review, and Urban Education.

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