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Lance Fusarelli


Director of Graduate Programs

Poe Hall 300P



Lance D. Fusarelli has been at NC State since 2003. He conducts research in the politics of education, federal education policy (NCLB), poverty and demographic change, and on superintendents/school board relations. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998, M.A. in Government (UT-Austin, 1994), and B.A. in History and American Studies (Case Western Reserve University). In 2012, he was ranked 79th in the nation among scholars whose research contributes most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling. He serves as co-editor of the Series in Education Policy (Palgrave Macmillan) and serves on the Editorial Board of Educational Researcher, the Journal of School Public Relations, and the National Advisory Board, UCEA Center for Research on the Superintendency and School Governance. He serves on the advisory board of the Hill Center in Durham.


Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration; Specialization: Educational Politics & Policy Studies from The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Arts in Government; Specialization: Public Policy from The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts in History, American Studies from Case Western Reserve University

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Scholarly Publications

  • Fusarelli, L. D. (2011). Treading water: K-12 educational attainment in the South and North Carolina. In D. P. Gitterman and P. A. Coclanis (Eds.), A way forward: Building a globally competitive South (pp. 54-56). Chapel Hill: Global Research Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Fusarelli, L. D. (2011). School reform in a vacuum: Demographic change, social policy, and the future of children. Peabody Journal of Education, 86(3), 215-235.
  • Fusarelli, L. D. (2011). Politics of education. In S. Tozer, B. P. Gallegos, A. M. Henry, M. B. Greiner, and P. G. Price (Eds.), Handbook of research in the social foundations of education (pp. 94-102). New York: Routledge.
  • Fusarelli, L. D. (2010). Dancing with elephants: Forming your dissertation committee. In R. Calabrese & P. Smith (Eds.), The faculty mentor’s wisdom: Conceptualizing, writing, and defending the dissertation. Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Courses Taught

  • ED 731 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • ELP 751 Politics of P-12 Education
  • ELP 551 Context and Challenges of School Improvement

Research Areas