Dr. Chezare A. Warren is a native Chicagoan and career educator. He spent almost a decade as a mathematics teacher and school administrator in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In 2006, he helped establish the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, and later led school turnaround efforts at Fulton Elementary School and Dodge Renaissance Academy in CPS. While pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of lllinois-Chicago, Chezare was selected to receive the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship before leaving CPS to enter the professoriate.
In 2012, after completing his PhD in Urban Education, Dr. Warren began a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). While at Penn, he was a lecturer in the division of Education, Culture, and Society and protégé to Dr. Howard Stevenson in the division of Applied Psychology and Human Development. A highlight of his experience at Penn included co-leading a team of 11 graduate students to conduct the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study alongside Dr. Shaun Harper. The team interviewed over 400 high achieving Black and Latino male high school and college students. This project remains one of the largest qualitative research studies ever completed on this population. In 2014, Dr. Warren joined the faculty at Michigan State University in the nation’s leading programs for Elementary and Secondary Education. There he continues to conduct research in the areas of urban (teacher) education, culturally responsive teaching, and critical race theory in education.
Dr. Warren’s work is anchored by an enduring concern for the quality of young Black men and boys’ schooling experiences. This led him to create and co-convene Making Relationships Work: A Summit on Black Male Success and Inclusion with Drs. Dorinda Carter Andrews and Terry Flennaugh. Moreover, his reputation as a scholar of race and culturally responsive teaching earns him numerous invitations to speak and consult with urban schools, school districts, conferences, seminars, and universities around the country. His first book White Women’s Work: Examining the Intersectionality of Teaching, Identity, and Race was published in spring 2017. His second book, Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving from Chicago's South Side to Success in Higher Education was released on Harvard Education Press in fall 2017. Chezare keeps a busy schedule. Nonetheless, he makes time for regular community service with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., which includes providing mentorship to several local Black male high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. In his free time, he enjoys reality television, karaoke, and $5 Tuesdays at the local movie theater.