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Dana Mitra

Dr. Dana Mitra

Professor of Education (EDTHP)

Phone: 814-863-7020

302A Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Education Policy Studies


  • Educational Theory and Policy Program
  • Comparative and International Education


Dana L. Mitra has researched 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 Student at the Center “Distinguished Fellow” with Jobs For the Future/the Nellie Mae Foundation in 2016. She is the 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 Accountability, Student Voice in School Reform: Building Youth-Adult Partnerships that Empower Youth, and 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 being the coordinator for two White House Conferences on Character Education.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High

Higher Education

Community Engagement

Individual Difference


Methodological Research

Policy Analysis
Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Civic Engagement
Education Policy

Organizational Management

Management & Leadership
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