Associate Professor of Education
Ph.D., Stanford University
Phone: (213) 740-5946
Dr. Patricia Burch joined the Rossier School of Education as Associate Professor. She was appointed to Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison in the fall of 2003. Dr. Burch received her BA in English from Oberlin College in 1985, her MA in Education from Harvard University in 1991, her MA in Sociology from Stanford University in 1998, and her PhD in Education from Stanford University in 2000.
Over the past decade, Dr. Burch has conducted major studies and evaluations of K-12 education reform such as SAGE (the Wisconsin class-size initiative), systemic instructional reform in large urban school districts (Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia), professional development reforms (Chicago Philadelphia, New York City), and school-linked services (West Virginia, New Mexico, Boston, and San Diego).
Her newest work examines the role of private firms as influences in the design and implementation of K-12 education policy and how public education is being transformed "below the radar" by new forms of privatization. Her book Hidden Markets: The New Education Privatization was published by Routledge in 2009. She currently serves as a co-principal Investigator on a four year $3,000,000 study titled, "A Multi-Site Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of Supplemental Educational Services" funded by the Institute of Education Sciences Education Research Grant Program: Education Policy, Finance and Systems.