Dr. Sharon M. Ravitch is a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she is a Founding Co-Director of Penn’s Inter-American Educational Leadership Network and serves as the Principal Investigator of two multi-year applied development research initiatives, one in Nicaragua and one in India.
Ravitch has published five books: Qualitative Research: Bridging the Conceptual, Theoretical, and Methodological (with Nicole Carl, Sage Publications, 2016); Reason and Rigor: How Conceptual Frameworks Guide Research (with Matthew Riggan, Sage Publications, 2012, 2016); School Counseling Principles: Diversity and Multiculturalism (American School Counselor Association Press, 2006) and Matters of Interpretation: Reciprocal Transformation in Therapeutic and Developmental Relationships with Youth (with Michael Nakkula, Jossey-Bass, 1998). Ravitch is currently working on two book projects. The first, with Dr. Venkatesh Kumar, is entitled: Mainstreaming CSR for development: Participation as policy reform in India. The second, with Nicole Carl, is entitled Breaking the Numbers Tyranny: Qualitative Research in Education Leadership, Practice, and Policy.
Ravitch holds two master’s degrees from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and Education, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in an interdisciplinary program that combined education, anthropology, and sociology.