Leslie Ann Locke

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, UI College of Education
  • Summer Scholar-in-Residence, Social and Education Policy Research Program


Leslie Ann Locke is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa.  She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2011.  Her research interests include leadership for social justice and equity, schooling experiences of students from marginalized groups, equity-oriented education policy, and qualitative methodologies.  She is currently examining early college programs (partnerships between institutions of higher education and K12 schools) as social justice policy interventions in education.  Leslie has published in a variety of academic journals including the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Whiteness and Education, and Educational Studies, as well as three books related to her research interests.  

Leslie has consistently presented her research at national professional organizations including the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA).  She has also served in a variety of leadership roles within UCEA and AERA, and CRSEA.  She is a 2020-21 Fulbright Scholar.

Research Interests

  • Leadership for social justice
  • Equity-oriented education policy
  • K12-20 school experiences of students from marginalized groups
  • Qualitative methodologies

Educational Background

  • PhD, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Administration, Texas A&M University
  • MLS, Liberal Studies, University of Minnesota
  • BS, Science in Agriculture, University of Minnesota