Rachel Sue White

Rachel Sue White

Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate

PhD, Education Policy, Michigan State University

MA, Education Policy & Leadership, The Ohio State University

BA, Public Policy, University of Michigan

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K-12 Education Policy

Rachel Sue White



Rachel's research integrates quantitative and qualitative methods to explore how institutions, politics, and organizational structures influence state and local education policy making and implementation processes. In particular, her research agenda is framed by three areas of interest: 1) issues of power and democratic accountability in the education policymaking process, 2) relationships between institutional and organizational structures and education policymaking and implementation, and 3) how school leaders come to understand and implement policy in ways that lead to the enactment of social justice for historically marginalized student populations.

Honors and Awards:

  • Division L Dissertation of the Year (2018)
  • Politics of Education Association Dissertation of the Year (2018)
  • Association of Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) New Scholar Award (2017)
  • Emerging Education Policy Scholar, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation/American Enterprise Institute (2017)
  • Alumni Fellowship, Michigan State University College of Education (2015-16)
  • David L. Clark Seminar Fellow, UCEA and AERA Division L (2015-16)
  • Hinman Graduate Fellowship, Michigan State University College of Education (2014-15)
  • Education Policy Academy Delegate, American Enterprise Institute (2013)
  • Dean’s Scholar Award, Michigan State University College of Education (2012-17)
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