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Andrene J. Castro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational LeadershipAndrene J. Castro, Ph.D. [View Image]


  • Ph.D. in educational policy and planning, concentration in race and gender studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S. in urban education; African diaspora studies, Florida International University
  • B.S. in English education, University of South Florida

Research interests

Cultural politics of race in schools; education policy; teacher labor markets; school leadership on teacher recruitment and retention; school-community intersections

Recent publications

  • Jabbar, H., Cannata, M. Germain, E. & Castro, A. (in press). It’s who you know: How teachers use social networks to find jobs in decentralized labor markets. American Educational Research Journal.
  • Green, T. L., Castro, A., Lowe, T., Gururaj, S., Sikes, C., & MBA, C. (in press). Gaining on-the-ground perspectives in developing the community equity literacy leadership assessment (CELLA) for principal. International Journal of Educational Management.
  • Jabbar, H., Castro, A., & Germain, E. (2019). To switch or not to switch? The influence of school choice and labor market segmentation on teachers’ job searches. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. 41(3), 375-399.
  • Green, T. L., Sánchez, J. D., Castro, A. (2019). Closed schools, open markets: A critical geospatial analysis of school closures and charter openings in Detroit. AERA Open. 5(2), 1-14.
  • Green, T. L. & Castro, A. (2017). Doing counterwork in the age of a counterfeit President: Resisting a Trump-DeVos education agenda. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 30(10),
  • Jackson, K., Pukys, S., Castro, A., Hermosura, L., Mendez, J., Vohra-Gupta, S. Padilla, Y., & Morales, G., (2017). Using the transformative paradigm to conduct a mixed-methods needs assessment of a marginalized community: Methodological lessons and implications. Evaluation and Program Planning, 66, 111-119.
  • Castro, A. (2016). Review of Resisting reform: Reclaiming public education through grassroots activism, by K. VanSlyke-Briggs, E. Bloom & D. Boudet (Eds.). Education Review, 23, 1-6.


Dr. Andrene J. Castro studies the cultural politics of education and policy. She is a former teacher, school district leader, and policy fellow at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Castro’s research is situated at the intersection of policy and practice focusing on two interrelated strands: (1) national, state and local policies and practices related to teacher recruitment and retention as well as teacher diversification efforts, and (2) community-engaged research with the aim of strengthening research-policy-practice partnerships between schools and communities.

Curriculum Vitae

(804) 828-8736 [main number for Department of Educational Leadership]

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