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Dr. Dana L. Mitra

Dr. Dana L. Mitra

Professor of Education (EDTHP)

Phone: 814-863-7020

302A Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802

Department(s)

  • Education Policy Studies

Program(s)

  • Educational Theory and Policy Program
  • Comparative and International Education

Biography

Dana L. Mitra has conducted research on voice and leadership as a Professor of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University for the past 15 years. In her work as a professor, she was named as a Students at the Center “Distinguished Fellow” with Jobs For the Future/the Nellie Mae Foundation in 2016. She is founding editor of the International Journal of Student Voice and Co-Editor of The American Journal of Education

Dana has published over 30 papers and two books on the topics of student voice and civic engagement. Her books include Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Engagement in an Era of AccountabilityStudent Voice in School Reform: Building Youth-Adult Partnerships that Empower Youthand a textbook entitled Educational Change and the Political Process . She also has published a memoir entitled French Fries and Banyan Trees: American Kids Explore Bangalore and Beyond.

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 includes 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

Adolescence
Childhood

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Primary/Elementary

Higher Education

Community Engagement

Individual Difference

Collaboration

Methodological Research

Policy Analysis
Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Civic Engagement
Education Policy

Organizational Management

Management & Leadership
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