Robert D. Eschmann

Assistant Professor

Specialties

• Race

• Social media

• Education

• Violence prevention

• Community organizing

• Activism

Robert D. Eschmann

faculty details

Bio

A BUSSW faculty member since 2017, Robert Eschmann is a scholar and teacher whose interests include educational inequality, community violence, racism, social media and youth wellbeing. His research seeks to uncover individual, group and intuitional-level barriers to racial and economic equity—and he pays special attention to the heroic efforts everyday people make to combat those barriers.

For Eschmann, this work is a part of the larger freedom struggle. “The function of racism is to reproduce racial inequality, but in the 21st century the devices of racism are often hidden behind color-neutral laws or friendly interactions,” he notes. “Highlighting the mechanisms of racism, therefore, can demonstrate the continuing significance of race, raise consciousness, and promote and strengthen resistance efforts.”

His recent publications include “Unmasking Racism: Students of Color and Expressions of Racism in Online Spaces,” which appeared in the journal Social Problems in 2019, and “Rethinking Race,” a chapter in the book Education & Society (University of California Press, 2019).

In addition to his appointment at BUSSW, Eschmann serves as an affiliated faculty member in the BU College of Arts & Sciences in the Department of Sociology and the African American Studies Program.

Education

BA (Sociology)

Wheaton College

AM (Social Service Administration)

University of Chicago

PhD (Social Service Administration)

University of Chicago

Courses

HB 735 Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression
SR 743 Introduction to Social Work Research

Courses

HB 735 Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression
SR 743 Introduction to Social Work Research

Publications

Eschmann, Robert D. and Charles M. Payne. (Expected 2017). Hidden in plain sight: Rethinking race in education. In Domina, Thurston, Benjamin Gibbs, Lisa Nunn, and Andrew Penner (Eds.), Education & Society. Oakland: University of California Press.

Patton, Desmond Upton, Caitlin Elsaesser, Robert D. Eschmann, and Eduardo Bocanegro. (Accepted 2017). “What’s a threat on social media? How Black and Latino young men in Chicago define and navigate threats online.” Youth & Society.

Patton, Desmond Upton, Robert D. Eschmann, Caitlin Elsaesser, and Eduardo Bocanegro. (2016). “Sticks, stones, and Facebook accounts: What violence outreach workers know about social media and urban-based gang violence in Chicago.” Computers in Human Behavior, 65.

Raudenbush, Stephen W. and Robert D. Eschmann. (2015). “Does schooling increase or reduce social inequality?” Annual Review of Sociology, 41(1).

Tan, Kevin, Stefan Battle, Mimi Mumm, Robert D. Eschmann, and Michelle Alvarez. (2015). “The impact of school social workers on high school freshman graduation among the one hundred largest school districts in the United States.” School Social Work Journal, 39(2).

Patton, Desmond Upton, Jun Sung Hong, Megan Ranney, Sadiq Patel, Caitlin Kelley, Robert D. Eschmann, and Tyreasa Washington. (2014). "Social media as a vector for youth violence: A review of the literature." Computers in Human Behavior, 35.

Patton, Desmond Upton, Robert Eschmann, and Dirk Butler. (2013). Internet banging: new trends in social media, gang violence, masculinity and hip hop. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(5), 54-59.

Publications

Eschmann, Robert D. and Charles M. Payne. (Expected 2017). Hidden in plain sight: Rethinking race in education. In Domina, Thurston, Benjamin Gibbs, Lisa Nunn, and Andrew Penner (Eds.), Education & Society. Oakland: University of California Press.

Patton, Desmond Upton, Caitlin Elsaesser, Robert D. Eschmann, and Eduardo Bocanegro. (Accepted 2017). “What’s a threat on social media? How Black and Latino young men in Chicago define and navigate threats online.” Youth & Society.

Patton, Desmond Upton, Robert D. Eschmann, Caitlin Elsaesser, and Eduardo Bocanegro. (2016). “Sticks, stones, and Facebook accounts: What violence outreach workers know about social media and urban-based gang violence in Chicago.” Computers in Human Behavior, 65.

Raudenbush, Stephen W. and Robert D. Eschmann. (2015). “Does schooling increase or reduce social inequality?” Annual Review of Sociology, 41(1).

Tan, Kevin, Stefan Battle, Mimi Mumm, Robert D. Eschmann, and Michelle Alvarez. (2015). “The impact of school social workers on high school freshman graduation among the one hundred largest school districts in the United States.” School Social Work Journal, 39(2).

Patton, Desmond Upton, Jun Sung Hong, Megan Ranney, Sadiq Patel, Caitlin Kelley, Robert D. Eschmann, and Tyreasa Washington. (2014). "Social media as a vector for youth violence: A review of the literature." Computers in Human Behavior, 35.

Patton, Desmond Upton, Robert Eschmann, and Dirk Butler. (2013). Internet banging: new trends in social media, gang violence, masculinity and hip hop. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(5), 54-59.

Presentations

“Internet-based technologies and youth development.” Symposium Organizer. Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, January 13, 2017.

“Racial checking: Responding to racial microaggressions in online spaces.” Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, January 13, 2017.

“What I wish I had known before I started teaching.” Doctoral Teaching Workshop, University of Chicago, May 5, 2016.

“Teaching beyond the quad.” GradUCon, University of Chicago, April 8, 2016.

“How the Internet shapes racial discourse: From politically incorrect to participatory politics.” Doctoral Theory Workshop, Chicago, December 4, 2014.

“The Race and Internet Study: College Student Experiences with Online Racial Discussions.” Research Initiative Grant Symposium, Chicago, June 4, 2014.

“Recognizing Collective Efficacy on the Ground: Alternative Forms of Social Cohesion and Informal Social Control in Violent Neighborhoods.” Urban Affairs Association Conference, San Antonio, March 21, 2014.

“Internet Banging: Trends in Social Media, Gang Violence, Masculinity, and Hip Hop.” Urban Affairs Association Conference, San Francisco, April 5, 2013.

“Doctoral Teaching in the Core Curriculum.” Doctoral Teaching Workshop, University of Chicago, February 2, 2012.

“The changing geography of poverty: Low-income and minority students in Suburban Schools.” Place and Poverty Working Group, University of Chicago, May 23, 2012.

Presentations

“Internet-based technologies and youth development.” Symposium Organizer. Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, January 13, 2017.

“Racial checking: Responding to racial microaggressions in online spaces.” Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, January 13, 2017.

“What I wish I had known before I started teaching.” Doctoral Teaching Workshop, University of Chicago, May 5, 2016.

“Teaching beyond the quad.” GradUCon, University of Chicago, April 8, 2016.

“How the Internet shapes racial discourse: From politically incorrect to participatory politics.” Doctoral Theory Workshop, Chicago, December 4, 2014.

“The Race and Internet Study: College Student Experiences with Online Racial Discussions.” Research Initiative Grant Symposium, Chicago, June 4, 2014.

“Recognizing Collective Efficacy on the Ground: Alternative Forms of Social Cohesion and Informal Social Control in Violent Neighborhoods.” Urban Affairs Association Conference, San Antonio, March 21, 2014.

“Internet Banging: Trends in Social Media, Gang Violence, Masculinity, and Hip Hop.” Urban Affairs Association Conference, San Francisco, April 5, 2013.

“Doctoral Teaching in the Core Curriculum.” Doctoral Teaching Workshop, University of Chicago, February 2, 2012.

“The changing geography of poverty: Low-income and minority students in Suburban Schools.” Place and Poverty Working Group, University of Chicago, May 23, 2012.

Grants

DFI Doctoral Fellow, 2013-2015
Illinois Department of Education

Research Initiative Grant, 2014
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University of Chicago

Urban Doctoral Fellow, 2012-2013
The University of Chicago Urban Network

Grants

DFI Doctoral Fellow, 2013-2015
Illinois Department of Education

Research Initiative Grant, 2014
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University of Chicago

Urban Doctoral Fellow, 2012-2013
The University of Chicago Urban Network

Professional Activities and Certifications

2012-2017, Resident Head, Office of Undergraduate Student Housing
University of Chicago

2011-2012, Curriculum and Evaluation Specialist, Young Men and Women of Promise Program
Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community

2010-2011, Program Coordinator, Young Men and Women of Promise Program
Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community

2011, Instructor, Freedom School
Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community

2010, Research Evaluation Consultant
Betty Shabazz International Charter School

2009-2010, CPS Office of Specialized Services Intern

2007, Respite Worker
DuPage County Health Department

Professional Activities and Certifications

2012-2017, Resident Head, Office of Undergraduate Student Housing
University of Chicago

2011-2012, Curriculum and Evaluation Specialist, Young Men and Women of Promise Program
Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community

2010-2011, Program Coordinator, Young Men and Women of Promise Program
Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community

2011, Instructor, Freedom School
Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community

2010, Research Evaluation Consultant
Betty Shabazz International Charter School

2009-2010, CPS Office of Specialized Services Intern

2007, Respite Worker
DuPage County Health Department

Awards and Honors

Program for Research on Black Americans 2016
The Institute for Social Research at The University of Michigan
Summer Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop

DFI Doctoral Fellow, 2013-2015
Illinois Department of Education

Urban Doctoral Fellow, 2012-2013
The University of Chicago Urban Network

Awards and Honors

Program for Research on Black Americans 2016
The Institute for Social Research at The University of Michigan
Summer Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop

DFI Doctoral Fellow, 2013-2015
Illinois Department of Education

Urban Doctoral Fellow, 2012-2013
The University of Chicago Urban Network
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