Headshot of Dr. Ezekiel Dixon-Roman

Ezekiel Dixon-Román, PhD

  • Associate Professor

  • Chair, Data Analytics for Social Policy Certificate Program

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D7
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.746.5489

Selected Publications

Dr. Dixon-Román’s research rethinks and reconceptualizes the technologies of quantification from a critical theoretical lens (broadly conceived). He’s particularly interested in how power and inequality are reproduced, especially in human learning and development, and the ways in which sociotechnical systems of quantification are working on, with, and in the body to generatively form and shape the movement and flow of power, difference, and inequality. At the same time, he’s deeply interested in philosophically and methodologically developing alternative modes of inquiry and practices of quantification that might enable the potentialities of reconstituting sociopolitical relations and the movement and flow of social life.

Dr. Dixon-Román co-edited Thinking Comprehensively About Education: Spaces of Educative Possibility and Their Implications for Public Policy (2012, Routledge) and is the author of Inheriting Possibility: Social Reproduction & Quantification in Education (2017, University of Minnesota Press). Inheriting Possibility reconceptualizes quantification and theories of social reproduction in education from a cultural theoretical lens that posits culture is nature and the human is one of myriad expressions of Earth’s becoming. He’s also co-guest edited “Alternative Ontologies of Number: Rethinking the Quantitative in Computational Culture” (2016, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies) and “The computational turn in education research: Critical and creative perspectives on the digital data deluge” (2017, Research in Education).

His current book projects include a Handbook of Critical Inquiry and Quantitative Methods, an edited collection of scholarship that philosophically rethinks the possibilities of quantitative methods for critical inquiry. He is co-authoring a volume tentatively titled Racializing Algorithms. This book project is theoretically and empirically examining the ways in which data and algorithms become racialized, particularly in the area of algorithmic governance, and, as a result, are active agencies in reconfiguring sociopolitical relations in society. Finally, he is also working on a single-authored book project that seeks to draw more explicit links between psychometrics and cybernetics. In this book project, he is examining the psychometric influences that underlie cybernetic systems of computational measurement and reasoning and the ways in which this may be contributing to the reconfiguring of education and society.

Dr. Dixon-Román is chair of the new Data Analytics for Social Policy Certificate of the Masters of Science in Social Policy Program and leading the SP2-Aliadas en Cadena Initiative, which is an evaluation of the Venezuelan based NGO’s flagship program that provides information and communication technology training and certification for vulnerable women. He is trained in the social sciences and psychometrics and was a Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellow at ETS and an Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.