Laura McKenna, Ph.D. writes about the politics of education and parenting. Her articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Edutopia, Discovery Education’s Front and Central, Pacific-Standard, Yahoo! News, Business Insider, and other publications. Recent topics include the opt-out movement, the closing of a small girl’s college, and the impact of adjuncts on college education.
Her career in education began as a special education teacher in the South Bronx. Later, she entered graduate school for political science. She earned her MA in political science from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in education policy from the Graduate Center of New York.
While in graduate school, she was an education policy researcher at the Howard Samuel State Management and Policy Center. As the Project Director of “Regimes and Reform: Rethinking Urban Education Reform,” she conducted a study of the politics of education in nine states through an analysis of charter school and finance reform. She led and trained a team of eight research assistants in qualitative methodology. Together, the team conducted hundreds of face-to-face and phone interviews with key participants in education reform.
She taught political science at Hunter College, Teachers College at Columbia, and Ramapo College. Her classes included: Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to American Government, State and Local Government, Public Policy, the Politics of Education, Mass Media, and Political Theory.
Through her experience in social media, she honed her craft as a public intellectual. She has discussed politics, education, and parenting as a blogger since 2003. She is able to translate academic research for a mainstream audience.
Laura attends three PTA meetings and a school board meeting every month. She is the parent of two awesome kids, with one on the autistic spectrum. Every day, she advocates for the needs of her son and other children with special needs. Parents matter.
Twitter — @Laura11D
E-Mail – LMcKenna11 at gmail.com
Rare posts, random links, and family pictures on the former blog, Apt. 11D.