Dr. Chezare A. Warren is a native Chicagoan and career urban educator. He spent almost a decade as a mathematics teacher and school administrator in Chicago Public Schools (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, 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. In 2014, Dr. Warren joined the faculty at Michigan State University in the nation’s #1 programs for Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary and Secondary 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.
In 2019, Dr. Warren received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Michigan State and was selected as one of two Education scholars in the United States to receive the prestigious National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine/Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Spending the 2019-2020 academic year as a Scholar-in-Residence at New York University’s Metro Center for Equity and School Transformation, Dr. Warren will continue working to operationalize the application of empathy in the professional teaching context with diverse youth. He has published over 30 articles, chapters, reports and reviews. 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 as the inaugural text in its “Race and Education” series. Chezare enjoys regular community service with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, reality television, karaoke, and $5 Tuesdays at the local movie theater.