Alexandra Pavlakis

Assistant Professor

Alexandra Pavalakis, Assistant Professor

Education Policy and Leadership

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Contact

3101 University Blvd Ste. 345
Box 750114
Dallas, TX 75275

214-768-4530
pavlakis@smu.edu

About

Dr. Pavlakis is an Assistant Professor in the Education Policy and Leadership department at Southern Methodist University (SMU). She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MSc. in Social Policy & Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a MSc. in Teaching from Pace University through New York City Teaching Fellows Program, and a B.A. in History from Brown University. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Pavlakis was a New York City high school social studies teacher and a research and policy analyst. At SMU, she teaches leadership and qualitative methods courses on the doctoral and master's level. 

Her research agenda addresses the social contexts of education. In particular, she examines how student and families’ broader life contexts intersect with educational institutions, actors, policies, and practices to shape their schooling experiences. Her work falls into three distinct but overlapping research strands: 1) educational leadership and community change, 2) family-school-community engagement, and 3) policy and diversity in student homelessness. While her third strand explicitly addresses student homelessness, across all three, she focuses primarily on the contexts of economic disadvantage, poverty, homelessness, and housing instability.

Her recent work can be found in outlets such as Educational Researcher, Urban Education, Teachers College Record, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), The Urban Review, and other outlets. 

For more information on her research and teaching please see: https://alexandrapavlakis.com/

Recent Select Peer-Reviewed Publications (* graduate student)

Pavlakis, A.E. & Pryor, K.* (2020). Planning for the future amid uncertainty in the present: Accompanied youth experiencing homelessness and postsecondary possibilities. The Urban Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11256-020-00572-0

Pavlakis, A.E. (2020). At the nexus of two terrains: A critical ethnographic case study of an afterschool center for homelessness. The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE). https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2020.1735558

Pavlakis, A.E., Conry, J.* & del Rosal, K. (2019). Virtual and physical interactions in school-based spaces: Latinx parent engagement in a high-tech urban elementary school. Urban Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085919894036

Pavlakis, A.E. (2019). Snack gaps, doubling up, and revolving doors: Educational Leadership practices in a changing suburb. The International Journal of Leadership in Education (IJLE). https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2019.1591518

Pavlakis, A.E. (2018).  Poverty and student homelessness in a growing suburb: Sensemaking among school and community leaders. Teachers College Record. 120(11), 1-58. https://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=22460

Pavlakis, A.E. (2018).  Reaching all families: Family, school, and community partnerships amid homelessness and high mobility in an urban district. Urban Education, 53(8), pp. 1043-1073. [published online: 2015]. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085915613547 

Pavlakis, A.E. (2018).  Spaces, places, and policies: Contextualizing student homelessness.  Educational Researcher, 47(2), pp. 134-141. [published online: November 17, 2017] https://doi.org/10.3102/0013189X17742645

Pavlakis, A.E. & Duffield, B.  (2017). The politics of policy in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: Setting the agenda for students experiencing homelessness. The Urban Review, 49(5). 805-831. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11256-017-0422-0

Pavlakis, A.E., Goff, P., Miller, P.M. (2017). Contextualizing the impact of homelessness on academic growth.  Teachers College Record, 119(10), 1-23. https://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=21840