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Aisha Ray, PhD

Distinguished Fellow


co-lead the Equity Leaders Action Network, a national racial equity leadership program. I also support the racial equity work of state early childhood system leaders, work to support racial equity within the PN-3 Hub project, and am part of the BUILD team working with the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance.

Work History 

  • Distinguished Fellow, BUILD Initiative
  • Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Rochelle Zell Dean’s Chair, Erikson Institute
  • Associate Professor (tenured), Erikson Institute
  • Lecturer, Depaul Univerity School of Education, Chicago Illinois
  • Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Unit for Research in Child Psychiatry and Development. University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Research Associate, Center for Successful Child Development, Ounce of Prevention Fund. Chicago, Illinois
  • Lecturer, Center for African-American and African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Early Childhood and Special Education Specialist, Department of Psychology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Faculty, Erikson Institute
  • Practicum Instructor, Prairie State Community College Head Start Program, Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Early Childhood Teacher, University of Chicago Laboratory Nursery School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Research Assistant, Center for Urban Studies, University of Chicago


  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • M.A. Developmental Psychology. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • M.Ed. Child Development and Early Education. Erikson Institute, affiliated with Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • B.A. History. Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa