Citizens by Degree author Deondra Rose in conversation with Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle
Wednesday 9/4, 7 pm
Deondra Rose will discuss her book Citizens by Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2018) in conversation with Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle. Citizens by Degree examines the development of landmark federal higher education policies—specifically the National Defense Education Act, the Higher Education Act, and Title IX—and the impact that they have had on the progress that American women have made since the 1960s. By significantly expanding women's access to college, these policies helped to pave the way for women to surpass men as the recipients of bachelor's degrees, while also empowering them to become more economically independent, socially integrated, politically engaged members of the American citizenry.
Deondra Rose is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. Her research focuses on U.S. higher education policy, political behavior, American political development, and the politics of inequality. Rose is the Director of Research for the Sanford School's Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS), and she also serves as co-director of the North Carolina Scholars Strategy Network (SSN). As a publicly engaged scholar, Rose serves as a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and the Durham People’s Alliance (PA) Fund; and she recently served on the Durham City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials.
Mayor Lydia Lavelle, born in Athens, Ohio, has a bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews (formerly College) University, a master’s degree in parks and recreation administration from North Carolina State University, and a law degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, where she currently works as a law professor. After being elected to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in 2007 and 2011, she was first elected as mayor in November of 2013. Now in her third term, Mayor Lavelle is a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition and a member of the Orange County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Mayor Lavelle and her wife Alicia Stemper have two adult children.