Born and raised in a small mill town in West Virginia, Travis Gosa shares his geographical roots with African-American thinkers such as Booker T. Washington, Martin Delany, Carter G. Woodson, and Henry Louis (“Skip”) Gates.
At Shepherd College, he majored in Political Science and Sociology and received his B.A in 2002. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from The Johns Hopkins University in 2008, along with a Certificate in Social Inequality. He has been an education policy analyst at both the Maryland State Department of Education and American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C.
Before arriving at Cornell, he taught courses in sociology and education at Williams College.
Gosa’s current research examines the social and cultural worlds of African-American youth. He seeks to understand how the overlapping spheres of family, schooling, and the larger context of race intersect to place black youth at risk while creating advantages for others. In addition, he is interested in how black youth make sense of their own social worlds, particularly how they (re)construct identities and meanings that challenge and/or (re)produce their social status.
He teaches courses on race, education, hip-hop, and the African American family. When he is not doing research, writing, or teaching, Gosa enjoys listening to music, watching reality television, and cooking.
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