Ilana Spencer

Ilana's research interests lie in the intersection of gender development and performance theory and schools as sites for this process. Additionally, she examines how nascent United States-based political movements are outgrowths of cultural polarization and how religious education primes students for their future civic participation. She asks how institutions craft, maintain, and enforce the social order, and the implications for educational policy and teacher education. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Educational Policy and previously worked for many years as a Montessori educator and administrator in Brooklyn, New York.

Education & Training

  • BA in Political Philosophy from Yeshiva University, 2010
  • MA in Educational Policy from the University of Michigan, 2021

Research Interests

-Gender Development and Women's Issues
-Sociology of Religion
-Sociology of Education
-Public Policy and Collective Action