Dr. Foster is an educational anthropologist who addresses social, cultural and structural factors affecting students’ academic outcomes. His Signature Course addresses the historical, cultural, ideological, and social contexts of schooling in the United States.
Dr. Foster believes in rich ethnographic work as an important basis for understanding students’ academic lives and action oriented research and institution building as means to bring about positive changes in communities and schools. Dr. Foster is the director of ICUSP (The Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships) and co-founder of COBRA (Community of Brothers in Revolutionary Alliance), which promotes the academic and leadership development of boys in several central Texas high schools.
He has published extensively in areas related to African American students’ academic engagement and achievement, including examinations of the work of the late anthropologist John Uzo Ogbu, serving students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and Black student identity and community. In 2006 Dr. Foster was named the LBJ Presidential Library Faculty volunteer of the year.