Erin Atwood, Ph.D.

Erin Atwood, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Program Area: Educational Leadership

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Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Erin Atwood joined the TCU College of Education in 2016 as an Assistant Professor and works primarily with the Educational Leadership program. Her teaching emphasizes transformative social justice and interdisciplinary approaches to preparing educational leaders. Dr. Atwood’s research is unified under the broad goal of understanding and promoting equity in education. The focus of this work includes critical policy analysis with specific attention to school finance policy and legal history, examining the social and cultural contexts of schooling, and the development of educational leaders for social justice. Dr. Atwood also worked as a Research Assistant at SEDL, an Educational Policy Analyst at the Texas House of Representatives, and as a 6th grade science teacher in Crowley ISD.


Ph.D., Educational Administration—Educational Policy and Planning
The University of Texas at Austin

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction—Science and Mathematics Education
The University of Texas at Austin

B.S. in Elementary Education—Reading Specialization
Texas Christian University

Academic areas

  • Educational Leadership
  • Research Methodology
  • School/Community Contexts

Research areas

  • Educational Policy—specifically school finance and school law
  • Social Contexts of Schools
  • Developing school leaders for social justice

Professional achievements

  • National Science Foundation Research Fellow—Policy Research in Science (PRISE), Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas