Julie Marsh

Expert in K-12 education policy and governance, including school boards, politics of education reform, school choice policy, teacher incentive programs, accountability policy
  • Professor
  • USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • Faculty Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
Office: (213) 740-3710


  • K-12 education policy & reform
  • RAND researcher 2002-2010
  • Co-editor Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (2019 - 2023)
  • School boards & educational governance
  • School district reform & politics
  • School choice policy
  • Accountability
  • Equity-oriented reforms
  • Data-driven reforms
  • Incentive programs for teachers
  • Instructional & coaching policy

Additional Information

  • Author of … (journal articles): “Consistency and change: Districts’ efforts to engage stakeholders over time,” Teachers College Record; “Policy narratives of accountability and social-emotional learning,” Educational Policy; “The process and politics of educational governance change in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Denver,” American Educational Research Journal; “Evaluating teachers in the Big Easy: How organizational context shapes policy responses in New Orleans,” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; “Learning from early adopters in the new accountability era: Insights from California’s CORE waiver districts,” Educational Administration Quarterly; “The political dynamics of district reform: The form and fate of the Los Angeles Public School Choice Initiative,” Teachers College Record; (books): Challenging the “one best system”? The portfolio management model and urban school governance, Harvard Education Press. Democratic dilemmas: Joint work, education politics, and community, SUNY Press. (OpEd): “School board elections could make (or break) our democracy. The Progressive Magazine/Seattle Times.