Educational Policy Studies (EPS)
227 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Erica O. Turner is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. A scholar of education policy, her research examines how diverse groups—from school district leaders to students to community members—make sense of and negotiate education problems, policies, and equity in multi-racial school districts. She uses socio-cultural and race-critical theories as well as qualitative, comparative case study methods to investigate the multiple ways people understand policies, problems, and equity; how they draw on different kinds of data and knowledge in policy-making; and the social, economic, political, and organizational conditions in which different groups’ views are rooted. Her research and teaching have been inspired, in part, by her experiences as a student in the San Francisco public schools and as a teacher in public and private schools in Philadelphia and in Ningbo, China. She earned her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley and her BA (and certificate in secondary social studies) from Swarthmore College.