Dana E Wright

Dana Wright
Associate Professor of Education
Education 221

Professional Interests: Critical youth participatory action (Critical PAR) research, schooling in urban contexts, critical youth studies, organizational transformation, curriculum studies, youth organizing, critical arts pedagogies, and educational leadership, equity and policy.


At Mills Since 2019


Dr. Dana Wright is the author of Active Learning: Social Justice Education and Participatory Action Research. Her recently published co-edited book is entitled, Engaging Youth in Critical Arts Pedagogies and Creative Research for Social Justice: Opportunities and Challenges of Arts-based Work and Research with Young People. Professor Wright is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Health Disparities Research LRP award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Mills College and Affiliate Faculty in the Ethnic Studies Program. Her scholarship focuses on participatory action research (PAR), critical arts pedagogies, educational leadership, critical youth studies and policy.


  • BA, Vassar College
  • MA, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • EDD, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2021

Days Times Room
W 10:00 am-11:00 am  
R 11:00 am - 12:00 pm  
  and by appointment  

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 401: School Leadership
  • EDUC 404: Instructional Leadership
  • EDUC 450: Dissertation Research/Thesis Research