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
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Dr. Zorka Karanxha, Ed.D. received her Doctor of Education at Lehigh University. She serves as University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Plenum Representative and was co-editor of the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership from 2013-2019. Dr. Karanxha is the Principal Investigator of US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, The Leadership for Literacy Intervention (LLI) Scholarship Project (2020-2024) (5 year, $1.235 million). She has been part of over $5.8 million in grant funding.

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 a co-authored book, multiple book chapters, and articles in Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Research in Leadership Education, Journal of Special Education, Educational Leadership Review, and Journal of Special Education Leadership, amongst others.