associate professor and educational leadership program coordinator
Lauri Johnson is an Associate Professor at Boston College where she teaches leadership courses with a social justice focus and directs their statewide Ed.D. program for practicing school administrators (PSAP). She is a former special education and reading teacher in Oregon and New York, and a district administrator in New York City where she provided professional and curriculum development regarding diversity issues in over 200 schools. Her research interests include culturally responsive leadership practices and preparation programs in national and international contexts, community activism in urban school reform, and successful school leadership in high poverty schools. Lauri was a recent Fulbright Core Scholar (2014 – 2015) and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow (2016 – 2019) at the University of Nottingham where she is researching the life histories of three generations of Black and South Asian headteachers. She was recently appointed as the new Convenor (2015 – 2018) of the World Educational Research Association (WERA) international research network on “Families, Educators, and Communities as Educational Advocates: Cross National Perspectives.” This network involves a series of working conferences and the production of a world-wide literature review on teacher activism, community based organizations, and parent empowerment.