• department Human Behavior
  • education BA (Sociology), Wheaton College
    AM (Social Service Administration), University of Chicago
    PhD (Social Service Administration), University of Chicago
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Areas of Expertise

Children, Youth and Families; Community Engagement; Racial Justice; Trauma and Violence

Practice and scholarly focus

Race; social media; education; violence prevention; community organizing; activism

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.

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

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

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