John B. Diamond is Professor of Sociology and Education Policy at Brown University. He holds appointments in the Sociology Department and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Prior to coming to Brown, Diamond was the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and a faculty affiliate in the Departments of Afro-American Studies and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
A sociologist of race and education, he studies the relationship between social inequality and educational opportunity examining how educational leadership, policies, and practices shape students' educational opportunities and outcomes.
He has published two books - a co-edited volume with James Spillane, Distributed Leadership in Practice(Teachers College Press, 2007) and Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools (with Amanda Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2015). Diamond has also published extensively on the relationship between educational leadership, policy, and equity - primarily in K-12 settings. He is currently writing a new book that details the centrality of whiteness and white supremacy in undermining Black education (under contract with Harvard Education Press). In January 2022, Diamond will become the co-editor of Sociology of Education (with Odis Johnson). In addition to his current position at Brown, Diamond has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Northwestern University, Harvard University, and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.