Dr. Amalia Dache-Gerbino is an Afro-Cuban American scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. Her experiences as a former Cuban refugee and student traversing U.S. educational systems, such as urban K-12 schools, community college, state college and a private research intensive university inform her research and professional experiences. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Rochester’s Margaret Warner School of Education. Her major research areas include the postcolonial geographic contexts of higher education, racial justice movements and the college access experiences of African diasporic students and communities. Dr. Dache-Gerbino was awarded the University of Missouri’s NAACP 2018 Frankie M. Freeman Faculty of the year which followed her national recognition in 2014, as the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year award recipient. Her dissertation is titled, The Labyrinth in the Metropole: A Postcolonial Mixed-Method Study of College Access and Choice. Her most recent publication drawing from her dissertation “Mapping the postcolonial across urban and suburban college access geographies” is published in Equity & Excellence in Education (2017)and addresses how racialization, geography and suburbanization conflate in local discourses of college-going. Writing collaboratively with students in 2017, “(Re)Imagined Geographies: A Critical Geography and Urban Higher Education Class Explores Postcolonial Spaces Post-Ferguson” (in press, Research in Education) illustrates how relics of colonialism are present within St. Louis and how Ferguson was both a physical and imagined insurgent space.
Dr. Dache-Gerbino is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on a research study titled “Teaching from the Margins: Mapping Ferguson’s Community Cultural Wealth as Public Education.” A study intersecting critical geographies of education and media discourse to provide insight into community and student resistance after the killing of Michael Brown.