About Danielle

Dr. Danielle Edwards is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Workforce Development at Old Dominion University. In her research, she pairs a variety of quantitative methods, including experimental and quasi-experimental methods, with longitudinal student, teacher, and geographic data to evaluate policies aimed at alleviating geographic inequities in access to effective schools and teachers. To date, Danielle’s work has primarily examined three areas of K-12 education policy: teacher labor markets, school transportation, and public school choice. Her current projects include evaluations of “Grow Your Own” teacher programs in Texas and Nashville’s districtwide high-impact tutoring program.

Danielle’s research has been published in top-tier research journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Education Finance and Policy, has been funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation, and has received national attention in media outlets such as National Public Radio and EdWeek. Her work also has directly informed local policy decisions concerning transportation initiatives, student retention policies, and tutoring programs in Michigan and Tennessee. Danielle is a recipient of the Association for Education Finance and Policy New Scholar Award. 

Prior to arriving at ODU, Danielle was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Education Policy with a specialization in Economics of Education from Michigan State University. Before attending graduate school, Danielle taught Algebra II and Pre-Calculus at a high school in New Orleans. She received a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in history with a mathematics minor from Stetson University.

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