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Alexandra E. Pavlakis

Associate Professor of Education Policy & Leadership, Southern Methodist University

Alexandra E. Pavlakis is an associate professor of education policy and leadership. Her research agenda examines how students and families’ broader life contexts intersect with educational institutions, actors, policies, and practices to shape schooling experiences. Her work, which primarily focuses on the contexts of economic disadvantage, poverty, and housing instability, falls into three distinct but overlapping strands: 1) educational leadership and community change, 2) family-school-community engagement, and 3) policy and diversity in student homelessness.

Pavlakis holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MSc. in Social Policy & Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc. in Teaching from Pace University through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, and a B.A. in History from Brown University. Prior to academia, she was a N.Y.C. public school social studies teacher and a research and policy analyst. Pavlakis has been researching student and family homelessness for over 12 years and has 17 years of experience in the broader education and social policy field.

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  • 2021–present
    Associate Professor , Southern Methodist University
  • 2015–2021
    Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University