The Distributed Leadership Study NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY



Jim Spillane

Principal Investigator

Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change

Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research

Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Professor, Learning Sciences

PhD, Curriculum, Teaching and Education Policy, Michigan State University, 1993

BEd, Education and Geography, St. Patrick's College, National University of Ireland, 1984

Penelope Peterson

Co-Principal Investigator

Dean, School of Education and Social Policy

Eleanor R. Baldwin Professor of Education

Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Professor, Learning Sciences

PhD, Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University, 1976

BS, Psychology and Philosophy, Iowa State University, 1971

Miriam Sherin

Co-Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Director of Undergraduate Education, School of Education and Social Policy

PhD, Science and Mathematics Education, University of California Berkeley, 1996

MA, Mathematics, University of California San Diego, 1987

BA, Mathematics, University of Chicago, 1985

Matthew Shirrell

Assistant Professor, George Washington University

PhD, Northwestern University, 2014

MS, Erikson Institute, 2007

BA, Grinnell College, 1998



Megan Hopkins

Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011

MEd, Harvard University, 2006

BA, Indiana University, 2002

Kaleen Healey

Senior Research Analyst, CCSR, University of Chicago

PhD, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2012

MA, Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago, 2006

BFA, Design, University of Notre Dame, 2000

Enrique Orlina

Senior Research Scientist, NSI Inc.

PhD, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2010

MBA, Stanford University, 1997

BA, Physics and Integrated Science Program, Northwestern University, 1998

Leigh Mesler Parise

Research Associate, K-12 Education, MDRC

PhD, Multidisciplinary Program in Educational Sciences

MS, Education: Teaching, Pace University, 2005

BA, History and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2003

Bijou Hunt

Epidemiologist, SINAI Urban Health Institute

MA, Sociology, University of Maryland, 2007

BA, Spanish and Sociology, University of Iowa, 2003

Anita Zuberi

Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Pittsburgh

PhD, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2009

MA, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2006

BA, Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

James Pustejovsky

Research Analyst

Graduate Student, Statistics, Northwestern University

BA, Economics, Boston College, 2003

Melissa Ortiz

Research Project Coordinator

BA, Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, 2014

Rebecca Lowenhaupt

Assistant Professor, Boston College

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2010

MEd, Harvard University, 2003

BA, Harvard University, 1999

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