Faculty Profiles

Dr. Zorka Karanxha

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Email: karanxha@usf.edu
Office: USF Tampa campus, EDU 158-G
Phone: 813-974-6040

Dr. Zorka Karanxha, Ed.D. received her Doctor of Education at Lehigh University. She serves as co-editor of the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership as well as University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Plenum Representative. Dr. Karanxha is the Co-Principal Investigator of US Department of Education Office of Special Education Program Preparing Leaders for Faculty Roles in Special Education Policy Studies (SEPS) project (5 year, $1.245 million).

Dr. Karanxha’s research focuses on educational leadership preparation, education law, school discipline, and charter schools with an emphasis on analyzing educational leadership policies that influence marginalized communities through continued investigation of two interwoven conceptual strands: 1) Social justice leadership praxis to reduce educational inequities; and, 2) Social justice leadership to reduce inequities in legal education policy and policy implementation.

Her publications include multiple book chapters and articles in Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Research in Leadership Education, Educational Leadership Review, and Journal of Special Education Leadership, amongst others.

Recent Publications

 Kleinhammer-Tramill, P. J., Karanxha, Z., & Broughton, A. J. (2021). A case study of Federal Leadership in special education. Journal of Special Education, 54(4), 205-216.

Karanxha, Z., Kleinhammer-Tramill, P. J., & Broughton, A. J. # (2021). Perspectives on Federal Leadership in Early Years of Mandated Special Education. Journal of Special Education, 1-12.