Noor Jones-Bey

Director, Excel at NYU

Noor is a full time doctoral student in the Urban Education program within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, a predoctoral fellow with the Ford Foundation, and a fellow with the Urban Doctoral Research Initiative at NYU. She is the program director of EXCEL at NYU, a critical literacy and college access program for youth in the South Bronx housed at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. Noor has served as an educational equity consultant for NYU and the NYC DOE staff and administrators with the Center for Strategic Solutions. Additionally, Noor is a founding member of Dr. Carol Gilligan’s Radical Listening Project and a researcher on the Mathematics Learning Pathways with Dr. Jasmine Ma. Noor received an M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Noor’s experiences as a student, educator, researcher and program director have equipped her with a diversity of skills and critical perspectives to design research and curriculum that is culturally relevant, responsive and human-centered. As a transdisciplinary scholar, Noor engages across disciplines of sociology, education, African American and diaspora studies, American studies, cultural studies, visual culture and the learning sciences to examine issues of liminality, identity, space and power. Her dissertation work examines intergenerational knowing of Black women and girls navigating in and out of schools. In her spare time, she loves to cook, dance, run marathons, travel, and stir up good vibes.