His research interests focus on racial disparities in education and the practices of school districts, schools, and school leaders that serve to perpetuate and/or ameliorate these disparities. Specifically, his research focuses on the following:
- school leadership, in general, with a specific focus on social justice and anti-racist leadership
- pre-service and in-service training of educators on cultural proficiency and/or anti-racism
- urban education
- social justice
- school tracking policies
Daniel Spikes received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration, specializing in Educational Policy and Planning, from The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). Prior to pursuing his doctoral degree, he worked for the Lufkin Independent School District in Lufkin, Texas, as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher and as a school administrator. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Angelina Community College.
While at The University of Texas (UT-Austin), he served as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP) and as the Assistant Director for Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs (PCARP) in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Most recently, he served as the District Site Coordinator for the federally funded Principalship Program. Daniel was also a Teaching Assistant for a course in the Department of Educational Administration, titled Social/Cultural Contexts of Education.
Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of Texas- Austin, 2014