National Advisory Committee

Janelle Scott, PhD

Janelle Scott is a professor and the Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities at the University of California at Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education, African American Studies Department, and Goldman School of Public Policy. She earned a PhD in education policy from the University of California at Los Angeles’ Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and a BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before earning her doctorate, she worked as an elementary teacher in Oakland, California. Scott’s research investigates how market-based educational reforms affect democratic accountability and equity within our nation’s schools. She is the recipient of a Spencer Dissertation Year Fellowship and a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2014, she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Committee on Scholars of Color. She has been active in the American Educational Research Association and the Politics of Education Association. She is currently serving as vice president for Division L (Policy and Politics) of AERA.


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