Joanna Geller

Assistant Director of Research, Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation

Joanna Geller joins Metro Center from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. She conducts applied research and participatory evaluation focusing on community and parent leadership and organizing. At the heart of her work is an interrogation of power; for example, who has access to decision-making and who is left out? How can institutions and systems, which tend to be hostile to organizing, support parent and community leaders? Her doctoral dissertation focused on how schools establish trust between parents and teachers. Joanna first came to know and love New York City public schools while working at Common Cents, a non-profit that operated a service-learning program in the City. Joanna holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education.