Howard Stevenson
Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies


  • Behavior
  • Juvenile justice
  • Race and diversity
  • Risky behavior
  • Safety and violence

Howard Stevenson is an expert on psychology and race, as well as violence and bullying. His recently published book, “Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference,” published by Teachers College Press, focuses on how educators, community leaders and parents can emotionally resolve face-to-face racially stressful encounters that reflect racial profiling in public spaces, fuel social conflicts in neighborhoods, and undermine student emotional well-being and academic achievement in the classroom. Stevenson has served for 30 years as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in impoverished rural and urban neighborhoods across the country. He is an expert on African American psychology, family and parental engagement, effects of at-risk neighborhoods on youth, violence prevention, racial rejection, racial/ethnic socialization, bullying and community leadership development. Stevenson is the Constance Clayton professor of urban education and professor of Africana studies in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.