David J. Knight is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at The University of Chicago, where he is also part of the Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences. Before coming to Chicago, David was a certified public high school teacher in the city of Boston and San Francisco. This experience of teaching and working with young people in urban communities profoundly informs his research.

His current program of research examines how race and power affect the transition to adulthood for young people across a range of inequalities, including incarceration and undocumented status. Moreover, David is interested in understanding how urban schools and other social institutions inform the civic and political learning of young adults from historically marginalized and excluded communities.

Additionally, David holds fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

David received a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College, trained as a teacher at Stanford University, and began his research career as a master’s student at Harvard University. David expects to continue a program of research that reflects the conditions, challenges, and possibilities of urban communities.