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Associate Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Associate Professor Lauri Johnson
Associate Professor Lauri Johnson

Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Lauri Johnson has received the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar Award - University of Nottingham. She will spend the year researching the life histories of Black headteachers (school leaders) throughout England and the intersection of their professional and social identities.

“The leadership perspectives and lived experiences of school leaders of color are often silenced in debates about what constitutes successful school leadership in Britain’s increasingly diverse schools,” says Johnson. “The award will enable me to spend 12 months traveling throughout the country to research the lives of British school leaders from diverse backgrounds and how they learn to ‘lead for diversity’ in rapidly changing educational contexts.”

Johnson, whose research interests include community activism in urban school reform and successful leadership in high poverty schools, is a member of the original US team of the International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP). She recently published, “Segregation or ‘Thinking Black’? Community Activism and the Development of Black-focused schools in Toronto and London, 1968 – 2008.”

The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created in 1948 to promote leadership, learning, and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Every year, approximately 100 citizens from the US and UK study, lecture, conduct research, or focus on professional development at leading institutions in both countries.