Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor, Child Welfare and Well-Being Research Unit
MSW and PhD, University of Michigan
Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers University, Dr. Gale was a WT Grant-funded Postdoctoral Fellow. His current research seeks to understand how Black youth’s schooling experiences in general, and Black boys’ experiences in particular, contribute to the achievement gap. In the United States, where educational success is generally represented by factors like standardized test scores and college degree attainment, significant racial inequities exist such that youth of color continue to underperform relative to their White peers. Scholars have found that these inequities, referred to as the racial achievement gap, are related to a lack of quality educational opportunities for youth of color. His research takes a transactional perspective when examining this gap in educational opportunities, and in identifying ways to close it. This perspective holds that outcomes (e.g., college degree attainment) are a function not just of what a youth is exposed to in a particular environment (e.g., home, school), but also what they bring to that situation (e.g., attitudes, behaviors). Thus, in order to reduce inequities in educational opportunities, youth related factors as well as environmental factors need to be addressed. Gale's work seeks to address educational inequities by identifying factors that promote school success and reduce risk for school failure (e.g., increases test scores, GPA, high school graduation rates and college attendance). Ultimately, he endeavors to use knowledge gained through identifying these factors to create interventions that address educational inequalities by leveraging youths’ strengths.