Amy Stuart Wells


  • Charter schools
  • Race and diversity
  • School choice

Amy Stuart Wells is a professor of sociology and education and the director of the Center for Understanding Race and Education (CURE) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Wells’ on-going research project, Metro Migrations, Racial Segregation and School Boundaries, examines urban and suburban demographic change and the role that public schools and their boundaries play in who moves where. The final report from the suburban research phase of that project, Divided We Fall: The Story of Separate and Unequal Suburban School Districts 60 years after Brown, was published in spring 2014. From 2009 to 2011 Wells was the director of the Building Knowledge for Social Justice Project at the Ford Foundation. She is the author and co-author of multiple books, academic articles and book chapters. Wells began her career as a journalist, writing for the Associated Press and The New York Times. She is a former board member of the Education Writers Association. She received her doctorate from Teachers College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.