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Alisha Butler

Assistant Professor of Education Studies

164 Mt. Vernon Street, 2


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BA Yale University
MA University of Maryland College Park
PHD University of Maryland, College Park

Alisha Butler

Alisha Butler's research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives to investigate the overlapping ecologies of schools and neighborhoods that shape students’ and families’ schooling experiences. With a focus on urban contexts, her research considers the link between school and neighborhood improvement, the significance of space and place for understanding educational equity, and how school-family-community partnerships can strengthen schools. In 2020, she received the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Her research has appeared in Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Peabody Journal of Education.

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Spring 2024

  • Mondays: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (by appointment). Please use this link to schedule a meeting.   
  • Thursdays: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (drop in, College of Education Studies)  

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Spring 2024
EDST 230 - 02
Schools in Society

EDST 349 - 01
Urban Education Policy

Fall 2024
EDST 230 - 01
Schools in Society

EDST 301 - 01
Senior Seminar