research and publications

Posey-Maddox, L. (Forthcoming). Race in place: Black parents, family-school relations, and multi-spatial microaggressions in a predominantly white suburb, Teachers College Record.

Posey-Maddox, L. (2017). Schooling in suburbia: The intersections of race, class, gender, and place in Black fathers’ engagement and family-school relationships. Gender & Education Available online first at:

Posey-Maddox, L. & Haley-Lock, A. (2016). One size does not fit all: Understanding parental engagement in the contexts of work, family, and public education. Urban Education.

Posey-Maddox, L. (2016). Challenging the dichotomy between “urban” and “suburban” in education discourse and policy. The Educational Forum, 80(2), 225-241.

Posey-Madox, L. (2016). Beyond the consumer: Parents, privatization, and fundraising in U.S. urban public schooling. Journal of Education Policy, 31(2), 178-197.

Haley-Lock, A., & Posey-Maddox, L. (2016). Fitting it all in: How mothers’ employment shapes their school engagement. Journal of Community, Work, and Family, 19(3), 302-321.

Posey-Maddox, L., Kimelberg, S., & Cucchiara, M. (2015). Seeking a `critical mass’: Middle-class parents’ collective engagement in city public schooling. British Journal of Sociology of Education. . Available online first at

Posey-Maddox, L. (2014). When middle-class parents choose urban
schools: Class, race,and the challenge of equity in public education.
University of Chicago Press.

Posey-Maddox, L., Kimelberg, S., and M. Cucchiara. (2014). “Middle-class parents and urban schools: current research and future directions.” Sociology Compass. 8(4), 446-456.

Posey-Maddox, L. (2013). Professionalizing the PTO: Race, class, and shifting norms of parent engagement in a city public school. American Journal of Education, 119(1), 235-260.

Posey, L. (2012). Middle- and upper middle-class parent action for urban public schools: Promise or paradox? Teachers College Record, 114(1), 1-43.