Faculty Profiles

Dr. Karen Ramlackhan

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Karen Ramlackhan headshot

Email: karenr1@usf.edu  
Office: USF St. Petersburg campus, HWH 236-A

Dr. Ramlackhan is an assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies. She has a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of South Florida, a Master's degree in special education, and a Bachelor's degree in elementary education both from the University of Florida. 

Dr. Ramlackhan's research intersects matters of policy and leadership to understand the systemic and structural mechanisms that shape educational outcomes. She explores the sociopolitical, cultural, and institutional dynamics that impact marginalized populations within P-20 contexts (e.g. intersections of race/ethnicity, class, religion, immigration status, language, gender, sexuality). She uses critical analytic frameworks and varied methodological approaches to understand social justice leadership praxis, ableism and dis/ability, and culturally responsive equitable and inclusive practices domestically and internationally. Her scholarly activities ​bridge disciplinary areas and emphasize creativity and critical thinking in problem-solving current issues of equity and justice in educational systems.

Dr. Ramlackhan's publications include book chapters such as in the Handbook on Promoting Social Justice Education, and articles in national and international journals that include Urban Education, Educational Policy, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, and Higher Education Research and Development. Her national leadership service positions are in the American Educational Research Association Division A: Administration, Organization & Leadership, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Advisory Committee on Global Diversity, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement Generational Renewal, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee.