Research Interests: Urban sociology; education; race; disasters
Tom Wooten is a doctoral student in sociology. He received his undergraduate degree in Social Studies from Harvard in 2008, and he spent the subsequent four years teaching and conducting research in New Orleans. During that time, Tom served as a Research Fellow for the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, taught in New Orleans public schools as a 2009 Teach for America corps member, and wrote two books. His first book, co-written with his college roommate Utpal Sandesara, is called "No One Had a Tongue to Speak" (Prometheus 2011). It is a narrative history of the 1979 Machhu Dam Disaster in Gujarat State, India. His second book, "We Shall Not Be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina" (Beacon 2012), follows five neighborhood-based recovery efforts in New Orleans. Tom is currently pursuing a research project about family structure effects on child outcomes, and another about the role that extracurricular activities play in elite education. In the coming years, Tom plans to pursue research about changes in the New Orleans school system since Hurricane Katrina. He also plans to write a dissertation about the transition to college for low-income, first-generation students of color.
A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University