Leah Q. Peoples

Assistant Director of Research to Practice and Community Initiatives, Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation

Dr. Leah Q. Peoples is the Assistant Director of Research to Practice and Community Initiatives at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. She utilizes transformative and critical approaches to inform her work on Metro’s evaluation and research projects. Her research interests encompass three broad areas: building equity in schools, developing equitable measures for research and evaluation, and program evaluation. Leah uses a diverse repertoire of quantitative and qualitative skills that best addresses research and evaluation questions in ways that honor, respect, and dignify stakeholders, while creating meaningful and useful knowledge. Outside of her professional positions, Leah enjoys all things related to travel and adventure, spending time with her dog, and living in the moment.

Leah earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation (MIE) Topical Interest Group for the American Evaluation Association.