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Debra Meyerson


Tenured Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior from 2003 to 2013. Transitioned to adjunct professor in 2013 after a severe stroke in 2010.

Debra Meyerson conducts research in five areas: a) gender and race relations in organizations, specifically individual and organizational strategies of change aimed at removing inequities and fostering productive inter-group relations; b) the role of philanthropic organizations as intermediaries in fostering change within educational institutions; c) leadership and entrepreneurship in education; d) going to scale in the charter school field; and e) accessibility and the construction (and destruction) of work-life boundaries through communication technologies. Debra worked with Harvard Business School Press to publish Tempered Radicals, which provides an in depth look into how one can create positive change in the workplace without division or strife.

Following a stroke in 2010, Debra is now initiating research into the experience of stroke survivors in the rehabilitation process, the impact of gender and socioeconomic background on that process and its impact on a survivor's sense of identity.

Other Titles

Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
SHIPS (PhD): Organization Studies
SHIPS (PhD): Social Sciences in Education

Research Interests

Diversity and Identity | Educational Policy | Gender Issues | Leadership and Organization | School Reform

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Recent Publications

Meyerson, D. E., & Zuckerman, D. (2019). IdentityTheft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke. Andrews Mcmeel.

Quinn, R., Oelberger, C., & Meyerson, D. (2016). Getting to scale: Ideas, opportunities, and resources in the early diffusion of the charter management organization, 1999–2006. Teachers College Record, 118(9).

Quinn, R., Tompkins-Stange, M., & Meyerson, D. (2014). Beyond Grantmaking: Philanthropic Foundations as Agents of Change and Institutional Entrepreneurs. NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY, 43(6), 950–68.

Debra Meyerson in the News & Media

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