illustration by Hayveyah McGowan

illustration by Hayveyah McGowan

Awards & Honors:

  • 2017 Best Chicagoan to Follow on Twitter (Chicago Reader Best of Chicago)

  • 2017 Honorable Mention, Freedom Plow Award for Poetry and Activism (with Nate Marshall)

  • 2017 Doing the Work Award, granted by Being Black at School

  • 2016-2017 Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association (Division G: Social Contexts of Education)

  • 2017 Focus Fellowship recipient, AIR Serenbe

  • 2016 Writer-in-Residence, WordXWord Festival

  • 2015 Artist-in-Residence, Boston Children's Museum

  • 2011-2016 Presidential Scholar, Harvard University

Dr. Eve Louise Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago; in 2018, she will begin as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her book When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History and Discourse amid Chicago's School Closures is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in fall 2018 and explores the relationship between the closing of public schools and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community. She often uses public platforms to discuss these social issues, particularly Twitter, where she is a well-recognized commentator with over 100,000 followers and 25-40 million views each month. 

Eve is also an essayist and poet. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall 2017, and she co-edited the fiction anthology Beyond Ourselves. Her work has been published in many venues, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, The Indiana Review, and the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources as a form of cultural organizing. Eve is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Abdurraqib. 

Eve has been an educator in both traditional and community-based settings, including Chicago Public Schools, After School Matters, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. She is the current President of the Board of Directors of MassLEAP, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth, artist-educators, and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums throughout Massachusetts.

Born and raised in the Logan Square community of Chicago, Eve is a proud alumna of Chicago Public Schools. She completed her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to that, she received an undergraduate degree with honors in English Language & Literature from the University of Chicago, with a focus on African-American literature of the twentieth century. She also holds an MAT in Elementary Education from Dominican University and an M.Ed in Education Policy and Management from Harvard. She loves her family and friends, music, art, cartoons, traveling, reading, and food (especially fried chicken and carne asada tacos).