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Erica Frankenberg

Dr. Erica Frankenberg

Professor of Education (EDLDR & Demography); Social Science Research Institute Associate Director

Phone: 814-865-5862

401C Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Education Policy Studies


  • Educational Leadership Program


  • Center on Rural Education and Communities (CREC)
  • Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics (CSLE)
  • Center for Education and Civil Rights



Erica Frankenberg (Ed.D., Harvard University) is a Professor of Education and Demography in the College of Education at Penn State. Her research interests focus on racial desegregation, inequality in K-12 schools, and the connections between school segregation and other metropolitan policies.


At Penn State, Dr. Frankenberg teaches classes on education policy and politics. She is also the Director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights. Before joining the Penn State faculty, she was the Research and Policy Director for the Initiative on School Integration at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.


Dr. Frankenberg is the co-author (with Gary Orfield) of Educational Delusions? Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make it Fair (from University of California Press); co-editor of The Resegregation of Suburban Schools: A Hidden Crisis in American Education (with Gary Orfield), from the Harvard Education Press; Integrating schools in a changing society: New policies and legal options for a multiracial generation (with Elizabeth DeBray), from the University of North Carolina Press; and co-editor of Lessons in Integration: Realizing the Promise of Racial Diversity in America’s Schools (with Gary Orfield), published by the University of Virginia Press (2007). She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading education policy journals, law reviews, and housing journals and writing for policy and practitioner publications.


Her work has been funded by WT Grant Foundation, Spencer Foundation, National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Center for Rural Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching and research, she has been active with Division L of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Frankenberg is involved with the National Coalition for School Diversity, including the group’s Research Advisory Panel. She is also a fellow of the National Education Policy Center.



Areas of Expertise


Education Access
Equity and Diversity

Education Types

Minority Ed
Public Ed
Urban Ed

Educational Studies


Leadership Preparation

Educational Leadership

Methodological Research

Policy Analysis
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research

Social Issues

Charter Schools
Civil Rights and Education
Education and Law
Education Policy
Race and Ethnicity

Organizational Management

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