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Julie Marsh
Biographical Information

Julie A. Marsh, PhD, is a professor of education policy at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and Faculty Director of Policy Analysis for California Education. Marsh specializes in research on K-12 policy and governance, blending perspectives in education, sociology, and political science. Her work has focused on accountability and instructional policy, with particular attention to the process and politics of adoption and implementation, and the ways in which policies shape practice in urban settings. A second major strand of her research examines educational governance and efforts to decentralize and democratize decision-making, and the equity-implications for historically marginalized students. Marsh currently leads two large-scale studies of organizational and policy responses to the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice.  She is a co-editor of the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, author of the book Democratic dilemmas: Joint work, education politics, and community (SUNY Press), co-author of the book Challenging the one best system: The portfolio management system and urban school governance (Harvard Education Press), and co-editor of the book School districts and instructional renewal (Teachers College Record). Prior to coming to USC in July 2010, she was at the RAND Corporation for eight years, where she last served as Senior Policy Researcher. She received a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University.

Distinctions at UCEA
2020-2021 PSR
University of Southern California