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Erica Turner

Erica Turner

Expert on educational policy, racism & inequality in education, school district policy making and implementation, socio-political and economic contexts of public schools

Associate Professor School of Education — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @EricaOTurner1


  • How school districts respond to inequality and demographic change, including: greater racial diversity, increasing poverty, and greater numbers of students from immigrant families.
  • The racial politics of educational policy, especially how efforts intended to eliminate racial inequities come to reinforce them instead.
  • The dark side of data use, including lack of use of data in decision-making and the negative repercussions (including cheating) of high stakes testing.
  • Disconnects between formal education policy and practice in classrooms, schools and school districts.


  • Author of "Suddenly Diverse: How School Districts Manage Race and Inequality" (University of Chicago Press, 2020)
  • Teachers Education Policy and Practice, Urban School Policy, Community Participation in Education Policy, and Issues in Educational Policy Analysis
  • Former middle school teacher.
  • Author of "Equity Guide to Pandemic Schooling," for concerned families, educators, and communities who want to take action against inequity in pandemic schooling.