School Research Partnership Event

April 16, 2019
5:30 PM-7:00 PM

This event is by invitation only.

Pascal Mubenga, superintendent of Durham Public Schools, and Sally Nuamah, assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, are the featured speakers for this event.

Dr. Pascal Mubenga, superintendent of Durham Public Schools, has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 20 years in North Carolina. Prior to coming to DPS, Dr. Mubenga served as superintendent of the Franklin County Schools in Louisburg, N.C. He has also served as a district transformation coach, a school transformation team lead, and school transformation coach with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Prior to that, he was the principal at Jones Senior High School in Jones County, assistant principal in Franklin County and math teacher in Johnston County. He was also a math teacher at Chewning Middle School in Durham for three years. He began his career in public education as a math teacher for the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools.

Dr. Mubenga earned his Ph.D. from Capella University in 2007. He also holds a Master’s in secondary education from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Shaw University.

Dr. Sally A. Nuamah conducts research on issues of race, gender, education policy and political behavior. She completed her Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern University in June 2016. She was named a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University and a Women and Public Policy fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

During her time at Princeton and Harvard, Nuamah developed two book projects, one on the political effects of public school closure (When Schools Close, TBD) and the other on gender education policy in U.S. and Africa (How Girls Achieve, 2019).

In 2011, Nuamah graduated from George Washington University a recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, Coca-Cola Scholarship and Princeton University Prize award. Most notably, she was awarded the GW Manatt-Trachtenberg Award, presented to a student who has significantly challenged the social and intellectual conscience of the university, inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, awarded the Political Science prize, and named one of two Distinguished Scholars; the highest mark of distinction at GWU. Nuamah is now a trustee on the George Washington University Board of Trustees.

For her broader work, Nuamah has received numerous awards. Recently, she was named “Chicago’s 35 under 35 leaders making an impact” by Chicago Scholars; received an “Under 40 award in Education” from Black Women Organized for Political Action, awarded a 2018 Global Emerging Leader Award by the Global Strategists Association and a 2018 Advocate Award by the Africa International House. In addition, Sally has an award-winning documentary on girls and education titled, HerStory, that is currently distributed by Discovery Channel Education. To learn more about her film and global work, visit