Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin

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Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin

College of Education


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B.A., Bates College (Art/Art Studies), 1989
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Educational Organizations and Policy Studies), 1998


After earning a B.A. in art history and studio art at Bates College in 1989, Gerstl-Pepin received a Ph.D. in educational organizations and policy studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her training focused on qualitative methodology, with a minor in the anthropology of education. She was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2011 for study at Beijing Normal University. Gerstl-Pepin is internationally recognized as a leading academic authority on educational politics and ethical leadership. Poverty, with its connection to inequitable educational outcomes, has been a compelling theme in her work.

Gerstl-Pepin is the co-author of “Re-Framing Educational Politics for Social Justice,” which is about to enter its second edition, and co-editor of “Survival of the Fittest: The Shifting Contours of Higher Education in China and the United States” and “Social Justice Leadership for a Global World,” and her most recent co-authored book “Reimagining the Public Intellectual in Education: Making Scholarship Matter,” explores the many ways that education scholars can work to ensure their research informs public dialogs on education policy and school improvement.

She also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Foundations and New Frontiers of Educational ResearchBeijing and is the author of numerous journal articles, papers and presentations.