Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Pan-African Studies

Degree Program

Pan-African Studies, MA

Committee Chair

Byrd, W. Carson

Committee Member

Brooms, Derrick

Committee Member

Adams, Tomarra

Author's Keywords

school-to-prison pipeline; students of color; zero tolerance policies; racial disparities in schools


This meta-narrative examines 87 published articles in eight educational and sociological journals from 1995 to 2017 that discuss aspects of the school-to-prison pipeline. From this meta-narrative analysis, my research identified the dominant methods and themes within this research literature over 20 years. I chose a meta-narrative for this project to systematically evaluate sociological and educational journals that examined the school-to-prison pipeline. I approached this research project with the intent to produce a work that would navigate within and between various competing perspectives and methodologies. The purpose is to provide a brief description and summarize a given data set that is not exhaustive or unmanageable for the study.