Margaret Thornton
Faculty at Rowan University
Biographical Information

Margaret Thornton is an assistant professor at Rowan University.  Well-versed in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, Margaret brings a deep desire to see education research translated into classroom practice that most benefits students.


Prior to her time at Roan, Margaret worked as a researcher to Dr. Jen Jennings at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. While completing her doctoral studies, she served as an assistant to the educational leadership preparation program at the University of Virginia. She also served as a graduate research assistant to the University Council for Educational Administration Headquarters Office.


Margaret’s research interests include equity-focused school leadership development, school leadership for detracking, and critical race theory. She began her career in education in detracking programs in Central Virginia in both teaching and leadership capacities. An alumna of AmeriCorps, Margaret volunteers with several non-profits, including the wraparound educational service program City of Promise. In addition to her Ph.D. in educational leadership, foundations, and policy, Margaret earned her B.A. in English Literature and her M.Ed. in Secondary English Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia.