Miriam Ezzani, Ed.D.

Miriam Ezzani, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Program Area: Educational Leadership

817-257-5410  |  m.d.ezzani@tcu.edu

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Ezzani is an assistant professor of educational leadership in the TCU College of Education. Prior to her positions in higher education, she served as a school leader in the state of California and prior to that as a literacy coach and teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the United States. Dr. Ezzani holds administrative credentials in California and Texas. She is an alumna of the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership. Her academic and professional experiences inform her research interests in culturally responsive leadership as it relates to district and school reform and Islamic school leadership. She also studies educational leadership preparation as it relates to the development of ethical and culturally responsive educational leaders.

For further information see Dr. Ezzani’s Curriculum Vitae


Ed.D. K-12 Educational Leadership
University of Southern California

M.S., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
University of Southern California

B.S., General Studies
University of Southern California

Leadership Positions

  • Cabinet Member, College of Education, Texas Christian University, 2020-2023
  • Chair, Systems Thinking in Education SIG, American Educational Research Association, 2020-2022
  • Co-Founder, Diversity and Equity Committee, Department of Teacher Education and Administration, University of North Texas, 2012-2019
  • Doctoral Coordinator, Educational Leadership Program, University of North Texas, 2016-2017
  • School Leader, K-6, 2007-2010

Professional Achievements

  • Co-Editor: UCEA Review, “Features” 2018-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2019-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of School Leadership, 2018-present


  • Emerging Scholar Award, American Educational Research Association, Division A: Administration, Organization, and Leadership, for outstanding contributions to the field of leadership, administration, or organizational theory, 2021
  • Jack A. Culbertson Award, University Council for Educational Administration, for outstanding junior educational leadership professor in recognition of significant contributions to the field of educational leadership, 2020
  • Inclusive Excellence Award, UNT Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Department of Teacher Education and Administration and the Program of Educational Leadership, Inaugural Recipient, 2017
  • Exemplary Leadership and Service, Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, 2017
  • Honorable Mention, Jeffrey V. Bennett Award, UCEA, for research article, 2016

Selected Publications

Ezzani, M. (2021). A principal’s approach to leadership for social justice: Advancing reflective and anti-oppressive practices. Journal of School Leadership, 31(3), 227–247.

Ezzani, M. D., Mun, R. U., & Lee, L. E. (2021). District leaders focused on systemic equity in identification and services for gifted education: From policy to practice, Roeper Review, 43(2), 112-127.

Paufler, N. A., Ezzani, M. D., Murakami, E. T., Viamontes Quintero, J., Pazey, B. L. (2020). Educational leadership doctoral program evaluation: Student voice as the litmus test. Journal of Research on Leadership Education. doi:10.1177/1942775120976705

Mun, R. U., Ezzani, M. D., Lee, L. E., Ottwein, J. (2020). Building systemic capacity to improve identification and service in gifted education: A case study of one district. Gifted Child Quarterly, 65(2), 132–152.

Mun, R. U., & Ezzani, M. D., & Lee, L. E. (2020). Culturally relevant leadership in Gifted education: A systematic literature review. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 43(2), 108-142.

Ezzani, M. D. (2019). Principal and teacher instructional leadership: A cultural shift. International Journal of Educational Management, 34(3), 576-585.

Ezzani, M. D., & Brooks, M. C. (2019). Culturally relevant leadership: Advancing critical consciousness in American Muslim students. Educational Administration Quarterly, 55(5), 781-811.

Ezzani, M. D., & King, K. M. (2018). Whose Jihad? Oral history of an American Muslim educational leader and U.S. public schools. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 50(2), 113-129.

Ezzani, M., & Paufler, N. (2018). Doctoral program in educational leadership redesign: Utilizing a multi-criteria framework. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 3(2).

Brooks, M., & Ezzani, M. (2017). “Being wholly Muslim and wholly American”: Exploring one Islamic school’s efforts to educate against extremism. Teachers College Record, 119(6), 1-32.

Ezzani, M. (2015). Coherent district reform:  A case study of two California school districts. Cogent Education. A Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed, open access, international scholarly journal.

Ezzani, M. & Brooks, M.C. (2015). (Mis)Understanding Islam in a suburban Texas school district. Religion and Education, 42(3), 237-254. 

Ezzani, M. (2014). Ethical leadership: A Texas school district’s efforts toward cultural proficiency. Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, UCEA Center for Study of Leadership and Ethics, 11(1).