Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Dana Mitra – A Scholar's Journey from Life at Brown to Research on Youth Engagement in Educational Change

Thursday, October 11, 2018

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Dana Mitra traces her experiences starting as an intern at the Coalition of Essential schools during her undergraduate years at Brown University to her current research on student voice and civic engagement as a professor at Pennsylvania State University. Building on key moments of finding resonance with reform efforts during her undergraduate years, she uses these as a lens for building her research on ways that young people can make a difference. She will discuss possibilities for student voice and youth activism that do exist in the United States, from working inside the system through reform efforts to challenging the system itself through activism. She will also examine conditions that can enable and sustain such strategies are explored and possibilities for future youth involvement in change.

Dana L. Mitra is Professor of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She is founding editor of the International Journal of Student Voice and Co-Editor of The American Journal of Education. Dana also works with professionals as a leadership and personal coach and with academics as a writing coach.
Dana has published over 30 papers and two books on the topics of student voice and civic engagement. She has a book entitled, Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Engagement in an Era of Accountability from Teacher’s College Press.  She also recently published a textbook in 2018—Educational Change and the Political Process with Routledge Press.
Dana holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis. At Brown, she double concentrated in Educational Studies and Public Policy and graduated with honors and magna cum laude.