Nick Juravich is a doctoral student in United States History, studying education, labor organizing, social policy, urban history, and social movements in the twentieth century. His dissertation, provisionally titled "An Education in Democracy: Paraprofessionals in Schools, Communities, and the Labor Movement, 1965-1980," examines the changing relationships between public schools, local communities, and public sector unions in this era.
Nick received his BA in History with honors from the University of Chicago in 2006, where he wrote his senior thesis on the Rainbow Beach Wade-Ins, a series of civil rights protests in Chicago that Nick helped to commemorate for their 50th Anniversary in 2011. From 2006 to 2008, Nick attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History with distinction for his master's thesis on the transnational origins of black British equality movements. His research at Columbia is funded by Javits Fellowship.
Nick lives in Crown Heights, where he ran around schoolyards with kids as a health and fitness educator for New York Road Runners for two years before coming to Columbia, and where he still blogs about neighborhood change and local issues at http://ilovefranklinave.blogspot.com . His essays and reviews have appeared online for the New York Observer, the New York Moon, the Huffington Post, Tropics of Meta, and Dissent.