Noor Jones-Bey is a trans-disciplinary educator, researcher and artist from the Bay Area, CA. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she is a PhD candidate in Urban Education at the Steinhardt School and holds fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Urban Doctoral Research Initiative at NYU. Her dissertation work examines intergenerational knowing of Black womxn and girls navigating in and out of schools.
Noor is program director of EXCEL at NYU, a critical literacy and college access program for youth in the South Bronx housed at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. As a scholar deeply interested in the movement between theory and practice, Noor has served as an equity consultant and serves as a founding member of the Radical Listening Project to assist educational professionals.
Noor received an M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Noor’s interests engage across disciplines of sociology, education, Black and Indigenous studies, and visual culture to examine issues of liminality, identity, space and power as they relate to education.
Noor's experiences as a student, educator, researcher and program director have equipped her with a diversity of skills and critical perspectives to design research and curriculum that is culturally relevant, responsive and life-centered. In her spare time, she loves to cook, dance, run marathons, travel, and stir up good vibes.