Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Education, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania, Director of the Latino Social Service & Policy Initiative
Ezekiel Dixon-Román is an Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Education in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also the director of the Latino Social Service & Policy Initiative. Dixon-Román’s psychometric concerns lie on the intersections of epistemology and quantitative measurement and statistics. Given his background in the social sciences, he approaches psychometrics from the theoretical lenses of social and cultural theory, particularly those theories that are situated in postmodern thought. Given that the historical use of numeracy for the production of knowledge is a product of the enlightenment, industrialization and Modernity, he engages questions regarding the Modernist assumptions of quantitative measurement and statistics and considers alternative methodological approaches.
Dixon-Román received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from North Carolina Central University and his master’s in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, where he concentrated on quantitative methods and interdisciplinary studies in race, class, and culture. He also accrued a master’s in psychology while working on his Ph.D. in psychometrics at Fordham University. Ezekiel Dixon-Román was also a Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellow of Educational Testing Service in 2005 and completed a two-year Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University in 2008.