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Rachel Sue White
Biographical Information

Dr. Rachel S. White is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Foundations and Leadership Department of Old Dominion University Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. Rachel teaches graduate courses in education policy & politics, as well as advanced research design and analysis. Dr. White's research agenda is framed by three areas of interest: 1) issues of power, voice and democratic accountability in local and state education policymaking processes, 2) relationships between institutional structures and education policy making and implementation, and 3) how school and district leaders come to understand and implement policy in ways that lead to the enactment of social justice for historically marginalized students. As such, Dr. White examines the politics of education policy making and implementation, with a focus on the ways in which decisions made by political and educational leaders at the school, district and state level impact K-12 educational experiences of marginalized students.