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Marisa Cannata

Associate Dept. Chair, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Program Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program

Marisa Cannata is an Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Ed.D. Program in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University and director of the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools. Dr. Cannata's research focuses on the organizational and social conditions of teachers' work, including teacher hiring and policy, school choice, and implementation of school reform. Dr. Cannata has experience overseeing both large longitudinal surveys and qualitative research projects. She is the co-author of Steps to Schoolwide Success: Systemic Practices for Connecting Social-Emotional and Academic Learning, and co-editor of School Choice and School Improvement, both published by Harvard Education Press. She has also published in American Education Research Journal, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Education Finance and Policy, Educational Administration Quarterly, The Elementary School Journal, and Teachers College Record. Dr. Cannata has a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Michigan State University.