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Earl J. Edwards

Assistant Professor


ELHE Educational Leadership & Higher Education


Earl J. Edwards is an educator, researcher, and human rights advocate. His scholarship and practice focus on the impact of structural racism on public institutions in the United States and training leaders and policymakers to create systems to address racial inequities proactively. He is particularly interested in exploring how educational systems can become intentional community hubs for mitigating structural barriers like poverty and homelessness. Edwards is the co-author of the practitioner-focused book; All Students Must Thrive: Transforming Schools to Combat Toxic Stressor and Cultivate Critical Wellness, and he has published in Urban Education, The Journal of Children and Poverty, Phi Delta Kappan, among other academic journals.

Edwards started his career as a classroom teacher and has taught in Providence, Rhode Island; Los Angeles, California; and Compton, California. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master’s degree in school leadership from Teachers College, Columbia, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Edwards is currently the instructor for the PSAP Educational Leadership course Leadership for Social Justice.