Cynthia Taines
Associate Professor, Foundations of Education


Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF)

Research Interests:

Dr. Taines is a sociologist of education with a broad interest in the areas of urban education and students’ school experiences. She is particularly fascinated by students’ interpretation and critique of school practice, and their actions for educational equality. Her research focuses on students’ perspectives of schooling, youth activism for school reform, and urban-suburban dialogue. 

Recent Publications

  • Taines, Cynthia. (2014). Educators and Youth Activists: A Negotiation Over Enhancing Students’ Role in School Life. Journal of Educational Change, 15(2): 153-178.
  • Taines, Cynthia. (2012). Intervening in alienation: The outcomes for urban youth of participating in youth activism. American Educational Research Journal49(1): 53-86.
  • Taines, Cynthia (2012). Educational or social reform? Students inform the debate over improving urban schools.Education and Urban Society44(3): 247-273. Selected for inclusion in the “Editors Choice Collection” to “highlight the journal’s most noteworthy manuscripts.”
  • Taines, Cynthia (2012). Review of Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality by John Marsh. Invited Book Review, Teachers College Record. ID Number: 16643. Selected as a “Highlight of 2012” by the editors of Teachers College Record.
  • Taines, Cynthia. (2011). “What the real world in schools is like”: Urban youth in dialogue about educational inequality. TheUrban Review43(3): 414-435.


  • Foundations of Education (EPFE 400)
  • Sociology of Schooling (EPFE 355)
  • Sociology of Urban Education (EPFE 557)

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