OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Amari T. Simpson



51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Amari T. Simpson

Research Assistant

Amari Tevell Simpson (he/him/his), a Chicago native, is a doctoral student in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a higher education concentration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests center on Black, Latino, American Indian, first-generation, women, and low-income persons’ interests and access to STEM majors and careers via pre-college programs. He intends to leverage this work to evaluate and provide insights on STEM education, equity, and inclusion to educators across the P-20 pipeline.

Amari's professional background includes education experiences related to student affairs, leadership, and curriculum development. Before starting his doctoral program, he served as a high school biology and engineering teacher in Boston..


  • Ph.D. Student, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership in Higher Education Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ed.M., Curriculum and Teaching in Secondary Science Education, Boston University
  • B.A., Psychology, Middlebury College