Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies
Erica O. Turner is assistant professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erica conducts research on education policy making and implementation in the contemporary social, economic, and political contexts of public school systems. She is particularly interested in the factors shaping school district leaders', educators', and community members' meaning making and on-the-ground policy work as they attempt to address issues of equity and inclusion in schooling. Her research and teaching have been inspired, in part, by her experiences as a student in the San Francisco public schools and as a middle school teacher in public and private schools in Philadelphia and Ningbo, China.
Erica has been honored with an Anna Julia Cooper fellowship and Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence fellowship since arriving at UW-Madison. She has published in numerous academic journals and her work has been supported by the University of Wisconsin, the Spencer Foundation, the State Farm Companies Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Turner earned her PhD in Education at the University of California, Berkeley.