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Dana L Mitra
Biographical Information

Dana L. Mitra is Professor of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  She recently served as a Students at the Center “Distinguished Fellow” with Jobs For the Future/the Nellie Mae Foundation. She is founding editor of the International Journal of Student Voice and Co-Editor of The American Journal of Education.  Dana also works with faculty as a coach focused on writing productivity and moving through the tenure process and presents workshops to pre-tenure faculty across the country.

Dana has published over 30 papers and two books on the topics of student voice, civic engagement, and making a difference. She has a book entitled, Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Engagement in an Era of Accountability from Teacher’s College Press.  She also recently published a textbook in 2018—Educational Change and the Political Process with Routledge Press.

Dana holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis. She has served as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in 2012 to study child participation and educational reform in Bangalore, India. Her prior work experience includes teaching elementary school in the Washington, DC area and serving as the coordinator for two White House Conferences on Character Education.