Rebecca Lowenhaupt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Lynch School of Education, Boston College
My work focuses on school leadership, with an emphasis on the context of immigration. In addition to studying the everyday practice of school leadership, I study the implementation of school reform in the midst of shifting student demographics and a changing policy climate for English Language Learners (ELLs). I draw from multiple methods of empirical research to develop an understanding of how schools adapt to support an influx of language learners. A former middle school teacher, I began my career in education at Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain. Since then, I have taught in charter schools and Mayatan Bilingual School in Central America. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, where I worked on the Distributed Leadership Study with Dr. James P. Spillane. Throughout my work, I seek opportunities to help schools design meaningful, equitable educational opportunities for immigrant youth.