Elizabeth DeBray studies the politics of federal education policy, policy implementation, and interest group politics/policy networks. With the support of the William T. Grant Foundation, she has been studying the role of intermediary organizations in disseminating research and information to policymakers about incentivist K-12 educational policies in urban districts (with Christopher Lubienski and Janelle Scott). She is the author of Politics, Ideology, and Education: Federal Policy during the Clinton and Bush administrations (Teachers College Press, 2006); and co-editor (with Erica Frankenberg) of Integrating schools in a changing society: New policies and legal options for a multiracial generation (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).
Dr. DeBray has studied the politics of districts' policies to support racially balanced schools; most recently, she has been a member of a team of 5 researchers, supported by the Spencer Foundation, studying the politics of race-conscious education policies in the Trump administration. DeBray was the recipient of a 2018-19 Spencer Mid-Career grant to study the linkages between housing policy and K-12 education in Atlanta and at the federal level, and is currently studying Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and its connections to education. She received her Ed.D. in 2001 from Harvard University.
- Ed.D., Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University, 2001
- Ed.M., Teaching and Curriculum, Harvard University, 1992
- B.A., Russian Studies/Economics, Wellesley College, 1991
- school desegregation
- compensatory education
- use of research evidence in policymaking