Tony Laing is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Laing is leading an in-depth qualitative study as part of the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative, which aims to improve college readiness among NYC’s Black and Latino young men. His research interests lie at the intersection of K-12 education, gender studies (specifically, constructions of masculinity), and African-American studies.

Dr. Laing’s dissertation, “Black Male Partial (In)visibility Syndrome: A Qualitative Study of The Narratives of Black Masculine Identities at the Pebbles School,” focused on Black masculinity. Specifically, Dr. Laing looked at how a group of 12 heterosexual or homosexual high-school aged men constructed, perceived, and negotiated their masculine identities in the context of ideas about masculinity that created obstacles to their success in and out of school.

Prior to joining the Research Alliance, Dr. Laing held a variety of positions within higher education, including as an academic adviser, student affairs professional, residence life professional, diversity and study abroad adviser, and college lecturer. He has also served as a tutor in a NYC public middle school. He is currently a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of African American Males in Education and a member of the Brothers of the Academy Listserv: The Think Tank for African-American Male Progress. He was also a conference proposal reviewer on the American Education Studies Association Program Committee.

Dr. Laing holds a Ph.D. in education policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Phone: 212-998-5189