Cathy Krop

  • Professor of Clinical Education

Research Concentration

  • K-12 Education Policy
Cathy  Krop

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Dr. Cathy Krop is a Professor of Clinical Education, working across the Educational Leadership (EDL), Global Executive, and Organizational Change and Leadership (OCL) Doctoral Programs at the USC Rossier School of Education.  She currently serves as the faculty governance chair of the EDL program, as well as on the Rossier faculty council, and the Global Executive governance committee. Before coming to USC, she was involved in education policy at multiple levels and diverse contexts at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, the RAND Corporation, the Evaluation and Training Institute, and as the owner of a women-owned business providing research and support to foundations and public agencies. Dr. Krop received her PhD and MA in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School where she was awarded an education policy fellowship and graduated with highest distinction. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Krop develops and teaches courses at the doctoral level that include: Emerging Ideas and Markets in Education; Analyzing Organizational Change and Its Effectiveness; Policy Alternatives to Address Challenges in Global Educational Settings; Implementing Policy Change; Assessing Policy Impact in Educational Settings; and Dissertation of Practice: Context Analysis. She also regularly chairs dissertations. Her areas of interest include equitable school funding; educational leadership; minoritized student access and success; international and comparative education; organizational change; and policy creation and implementation. Dr. Krop has led large-scale quantitative and qualitative education research studies and evaluations in a wide variety of U.S. and global education settings.