Janelle Scott, professor and the Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities in the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Scott joins the AERA Council in 2023–2024 as president-elect. Her presidency begins at the conclusion of the association’s 2024 annual meeting.
Professor Scott is a former elementary school teacher. She conducts research on the politics of educational policy in a multiracial, segregated, and unequal society. She specifically examines how school choice policies, privatization, and philanthropy affect democratic accountability and equity in public education.
Dr. Scott is the co-author of The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality: Possibilities for Democratic Schooling (Routledge, 2018). She is the editor of School Choice and Diversity: What the Evidence Says (Teachers College Press, 2005) and co-editor of Racialization and Educational Inequality in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2023).
Professor Scott is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in political science. She earned a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.