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Dana Mitra

by SKeira Oct 26, 2017
Dana Mitra

Professor of Education, Educational Theory & Policy

Co-director of the Donald J. Willower Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics of UCEA

Department of Education Policy Studies

College of Education

302A Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 863-7020


  1. Ph.D., Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
  2. M.A., Sociology from Stanford University.
  3. A.B., Educational Studies/Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University


Dana L. Mitra is Professor of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis. She served as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in 2012 to student 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. Her work with the Rock Ethics Institute deals with issues related to leadership and moral literacy. 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.  

Dana’s research interests include student voice/participation, youth-adult partnerships, and civic engagement. Among her publications, she recently has published an articles in the American Educational Research Journal entitled “Student voice in elementary-school reform: Examining youth development in fifth graders.” She also has published a book with SUNY Press entitled Student voice in school reform: Building youth-adult partnerships that strengthen schools and empower youth.

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