Faculty by Program

At the USC Rossier School of Education we combine the best findings from internationally recognized research with hands-on experience in educational settings. Our renowned faculty are committed to preparing the next generation of scholars and education researchers through excellence in teaching and effective mentorship, both in and out of the classroom. It is critical that the research interests of our students match those of one or more of the faculty listed below to ensure appropriate mentorship. Graduates complete our PhD program fully prepared for careers in the nation’s leading research universities.

  • PhD

    • Ron Avi Astor Educational PsychologyExpert in school violence and bullying across cultures Military Connected Public Schools
    • Estela Mara Bensimon Higher EducationHigher education expert specializing in promotion and tenure, leadership diversity and cultural change within institutions
    • Dominic J. Brewer K-12 Education PolicyExpert on education policy and the economics of education
    • Patricia Burch K-12 Education Policyeducation policy, intersection of public and private partnerships in education, evaluation of policy implementation and impact
    • Darnell Cole Higher EducationExpert on college student experiences and performance, including those of African American, Latino, Muslim and Asian students
    • Alicia C. Dowd Higher EducationExpert in higher education focusing on community colleges, education equity and financial aid
    • Guilbert C. Hentschke K-12 Education PolicyEducation reform expert specializing in charter schools, corporate involvement in public schools and integrated services for youth.
    • Adrianna Kezar Higher EducationAn expert on higher education, leadership and diversity.
    • Julie Marsh K-12 Education PolicyExpert in K-12 education policy, including accountability, teacher incentive programs, data-driven reforms, school district reform, social promotion, literacy coaching
    • Tatiana Melguizo Higher EducationExpert in higher education, affirmative action, community colleges, and college graduation rates.
    • Lawrence O. Picus K-12 Education PolicyExpert in the public financing of schools
    • Morgan Polikoff K-12 Education PolicyK-12 education policy; common core standards; assessment policy; alignment among instruction, curriculum materials, standards and assessments; and the measurement of classroom instruction.
    • Marleen C. Pugach Teacher EducationTeacher education for urban schools, situating special education within the larger framework of diversity in the reform of teacher education, inclusive teacher education, and dual licensure programs in teacher education
    • Robert Rueda Educational PsychologyExpert in literacy, urban education, and language minority students in special education
    • Gale M. Sinatra Educational PsychologyLearning Theory, Knowledge Construction, Conceptual Change Learning, Literacy Acquisition, Assessment, and Comprehension.
    • John Brooks Slaughter Higher EducationExpert in higher education and leadership
    • Jamy Stillman Teacher EducationEducation for students representing historically marginalized groups, including English Learners; teacher education and teacher learning; teachers’ and teacher educators’ navigation of educational policy; elementary language arts/ literacy instruction
    • Katharine Strunk K-12 Education PolicyAn expert on teachers’ unions, California school financing, and school boards
    • William G. Tierney Higher EducationExpert on higher education, including policy, faculty, culture and minorities.  
    • Brendesha Tynes Educational PsychologySocial media, cyberbullying, racial discrimination, identity, adolescent development in urban schools and online contexts
  • EdD

  • Global EdD

  • MAT


    • Uju Anya Teacher EducationApplied linguistics and sociolinguistics expert specializing in second language acquisition (SLA), language teaching, service-learning, and sociocultural investigations of race, gender, sexual, and social class identities in SLA.

  • ME Ed Counseling

    No faculty found.
  • ME School Leadership

    No faculty found.
  • MMFT

    • Mary Andres Educational PsychologyAn expert on couples' counseling, sexuality and drug abuse
    • Ruth Gim Chung Educational PsychologyAsian American acculturation: Theory and measurement. Intergenerational conflict and adjustment issues in Asian American immigrant families. Cultural psychology and multicultural counseling. Measurement and assessment. Teaching of statistics and research methods.
    • Ginger Clark Educational PsychologyExpert in family and child therapy and counseling, with a focus on women’s issues
  • EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership

    No faculty found.
  • ME Teacher Leadership

    No faculty found.