SMU Faculty Experts

Alexandra Pavlakis

Associate Professor
Department of Education Policy & Leadership
Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Research by Professor Pavlakis focuses on the ways in which various policies and the actions of schools and communities mold the schooling experiences of homeless, highly mobile, and low-income families.

To understand education in the context of poverty and homelessness, she often examines the interrelationships between schools and out-of-school actors, policies, and places.

Her scholarship seeks to extend the field by providing an in-depth look at the educational needs and assets of families experiencing poverty and homelessness amid today’s multifaceted and complex policy environment.

Can Discuss:

  • Schooling for the homeless 
  • Teaching children of low-income families
  • Understand education in the context of poverty
  • Educational needs of low-income families


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