Marilyn Cochran-Smith

Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools

Director, Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction

Lynch School of Education


Marilyn Cochran-Smith has focused the majority of her research on teachers. Her specific interests include practice, policy, and teacher education, both domestic and international. Among her areas of expertise are topics relating to equity, diversity, and social justice in teaching and higher education.

Recently, Cochran-Smith was elected to the National Academy of Education Board of Directors, and the Norway Ministry of Education appointed her as Chair of the International Advisory Panel for the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award of the Literacy Research Association. Dr. Cochran Smith has published nine books, including the award-winning books, Inquiry as Stance, Studying Teacher Education, and Policy, Practice, and Politics in Teacher Education. She has been an elected member of the National Academy of Education since 2009, a past president of the American Educational Research Association, and a six year term editor of the Journal of Teacher Education.