Julie A. Marsh

Julie Marsh
Julie A. Marsh
Professor of Education Policy,
University of Southern California

Julie A. Marsh is professor of education policy in the Rossier School of Education and the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She is also codirector of the USC Center on Education Policy, Equity, and Governance and faculty director at Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Marsh specializes in research on K–12 policy and governance, blending perspectives in education, sociology, and political science. Her work focuses on accountability and instructional policy, with particular attention to the process and politics of adoption and implementation, and to the ways in which policies shape practice in urban settings. A second major strand of her research examines educational governance and efforts to decentralize and democratize decision-making. She is outgoing coeditor of the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Marsh received her PhD in education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

updated 2022

Publications by Julie A. Marsh
The 2022 PACE/USC Rossier Poll
The 2021–22 academic year was profoundly challenging for California schools. Eight critical issues emerged as serious threats to student learning, the operation of schools, and even  the very institution of public education: (1) gun violence, (…
Leadership, Partnership, and Community
Public education today faces a troubling set of challenges, including declining enrollment, staffing shortages, and polarized communities, with school boards at the center of broader political debates. How did we arrive at this current state? This…
Critical Actions for Recovery and the Role of Research in the Years Ahead
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently issued a report providing guidance on the future of education research at the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research, two centers directed by…
Evidence from the 2021 PACE/USC Rossier Poll
In this brief, we use data from the 2021 PACE/USC Rossier Poll to report on California voters’ attitudes towards and engagement with local school district governance. Generally, our findings show relatively high support for school boards among…