Rachel White

Old Dominion University
Dr. Rachel S. White is an Assistant Professor of K12 Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University. Her research agenda is framed by three areas of interest: 1) issues of power in local and state education policymaking processes, 2) relationships between institutional structures and education policymaking and implementation, and 3) how education leaders come to understand and implement policy contribute to or detract from social justice within and beyond educational institutions. Through the application of rigorous mixed methods approaches, Rachel examines the politics of education policy making and implementation, with a focus on who’s voices are heard in the policy making and implementation processes, and how decisions made by political and educational leaders at the school, district, and state level impact educational experiences of students. Rachel is currently a recipient of a Spencer Small Research Grant for a mixed methods study that examines superintendents’ beliefs about and engagement in state education policymaking. She is also a co-PI on a U.S. Department of Education IES Grant study, through mixed methods, the relationship between teacher working condition, teacher retention, and student outcomes. Dr. White received the 2018 AERA Division L Dissertation of the Year and the 2018 Politics of Education Association Dissertation of the Year awards, as well as the 2017 AEFP New Scholar award.