Robert D. Eschmann is a fourth year doctoral student studying urban education reform, the geography of poverty, and adolescent experiences with violence, prejudice, and discrimination. He is currently working on several research projects. The first draws from a sample of high achieving African American males in a violent Chicago neighborhood and explores the relationship between deviant peer networks, informal social control, and social cohesion. A second project looks at the effects of the changing geography of poverty on the income and racial achievement gaps in suburban school districts. Robert has also worked closely with the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community around youth development program design and evaluation.