Erica Frankenberg

Bio for Erica Frankenberg - Assistant Professor of Education

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Assistant Professor of Education

Erica Frankenberg (Ed.D., Harvard University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies in the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests focus on racial desegregation and inequality in K-12 schools, and the connections between school segregation and other metropolitan policies. One aspect of Dr. Frankenberg’s research has examined how the design of school choice policy affects racial and economic student stratification, resulting in a co-authored book published in 2013, Educational Delusions? Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make it Fair (from University of California Press).

Dr. Frankenberg also recently completed a study of suburban racial change, funded by the Spencer Foundation. This mixed-methods project examines the extent to which suburban districts are becoming more diverse, how they conceptualize of this change, and what responses districts and communities adopt. A book from the Harvard Education Press in Fall 2012 co-edited with Gary Orfield, The Resegregation of Suburban Schools: A Hidden Crisis in American Education, is the first publication from this project.

She has published four books, dozens of articles in education policy journals, law reviews, housing journals, and practitioner publications, and has been involved in several desegregation cases as an expert witness and has assisted school districts with the design and implementation of their student assignment policies. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, she was the Research and Policy Director for the Initiative on School Integration at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA where she focused on districts’ response to the recent Supreme Court decision about voluntary integration policies.


Ed.D. and Ed.M. from Harvard University

A.B. from Dartmouth College