Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education and
Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development
Margaret Beale Spencer received a PhD in Child and Developmental Psychology from the University of Chicago. Her adolescent-focused research addresses resiliency, identity, and competence formation processes of African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, and Curo-American youth. the current emphasis on multi-ethic youth evolves from a longstanding interest in the development of African-American and particularly male children and youth who gro up in low-economic resource families and communities. Her research and programming applications explore youths' emerging capacity for healthly outcomes and constructive coping methods while developing undergenerally unacknowledged and highly stressful conditions. She has published approximately 100 articles and chapters since 1973, completed three edited volumes, and received funding for more than three dozen research proposals from foundations and federal agencies. Most recently, she was awarded the 2006 Fletcher Fellowship, which recognized work that furthers the broad social goals of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954. She joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, Department of Comparative Human Development and the College in 2009.