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Associate Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Ann M. Ishimaru is an Associate Professor of Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership at the College of Education at the University of Washington. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of leadership, school-community relations, and educational justice in P-12 education. She is a principal investigator of the Family Leadership Design Collaborative (with Dr. Megan Bang), a national-level participatory design-based research project aimed at re-centering nondominant families in racial equity efforts through the co-design of research, measures, and practice to transform educational systems. Dr. Ishimaru earned her doctorate at Harvard Graduate School of Education, her masters at Stanford University School of Education, and just completed her first book, Just Schools: Building Equitable Collaborations with Families and Communities, published by Teachers College Press.


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, University of Washington

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Re-centering Family Engagement on Racial Equity
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation


2017 AERA Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award