Lea Hubbard

Lea Hubbard

Phone: (619) 260-7818

Email: lhubbard@sandiego.edu

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Lea Hubbard

School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Educational reform
district reform, minority and gender related ed

Professor Lea Hubbard joined the School of Leadership and Education Sciences faculty in 2002. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego with a concentration in the Sociology of Education. She has written and co-authored numerous books and articles on educational leadership, school reform, as well as the academic achievement of minority students. Dr. Hubbard’s primary research focus is on educational inequities as they exist across race, class and gender.

She has recently completed research on AVID’s African American Male Initiative (AAMI) and Linked Learning, two high school reforms designed to improve educational opportunities for underserved students. She is also conducting research on school principals’ efforts to lead change at their schools including efforts to implement data driven-decision making.

Working internationally is one way Dr. Hubbard devotes her time to education reform. Her work has taken her and USD students on education trips to South Africa and Costa Rica. In 2011, she conducted research in New Zealand where she worked with New Zealand educators to understand the recent implementation of National Standards. She presented a paper at the NZEALS International Educational Leadership Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, from her research on the SOLES Educational Leadership Development Academy’s POST program for veteran principals. She will be teaching a class on educational reform in Santiago, Chile, in January 2013.

Educational Background

  • PhD, UC San Diego, Sociology
  • MA, UC San Diego, Sociology
  • BA, UC San Diego, Sociology


Lea Hubbard's book, Reform As Learning: When School Reform Collided With School Culture And Community Politics in San Diego (2006), illustrates the social and political construction of district-led educational reform. It offers a refined social theory combining socio-cultural theories of learning with organizational life and policy adaptation.

Other books include Extending Educational Reform: From One School To Many (2002), and Constructing School Success: The Consequences of Untracking Low-Achieving Students (1996).

Hubbard has co-edited several books: Including Families and Communities in Urban Education (2011) and a book on single gender education entitled, Doing Gender In Policy and Practice: Perspectives On Single Sex And Coeducational Schooling (2002). Other recent publications that specifically address educational reform efforts include: "The Travel of District-Wide Approaches to Building Instructional Capacity: How Can Districts Learn from One Another?," "Charter Schools: Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future;" and “Research to Practice: The Case of Boston Public Schools, Education Matters and Boston Plan for Excellence,” which is a study of one school district and their experience in connecting research, policy, and practice.

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