Dr. Dana L. Mitra

Dr. Dana L. Mitra
Phone: 8148637020
Office Address:
302A Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Professor of Education (Educational Theory & Policy)


Education Policy Studies


Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics (CSLE)


Educational Theory and Policy
Comparative and International Education


Dana L. Mitra is Professor of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  She currently is a Students-at-the-Center "Distinguished Fellow" with Jobs for the Future/the Nellie Mae Foundation. She is the founding editor of the International Journal of Student voice and the co-editor of the American Journal of Education.

Originally from Pittsburgh, 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 also include teaching elementary school in the Washington, DC area and serving as the coordinator for two White House Conferences on Character Education.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High

Educational Studies

Educational Theory

Higher Education

Community Engagement

Individual Difference


Methodological Research

Policy Analysis
Qualitative Research

Organizational Management

Management & Leadership

Social Issues

Civic Engagement
Education Policy