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Denise Pope

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Denise Pope

Senior Lecturer

Assistant: Jesse Rivas


Dr. Pope specializes in curriculum studies, service learning, student engagement, school reform, and qualitative research methods. She is particularly interested in student voices and the students' perspectives of school. She focuses on academic stress and its consequences for students' mental and physical health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is the author of "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. She is co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Wiley, 2015). Dr. Pope is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.

Other Titles

Senior Lecturer in Education

Program Affiliations


Research Interests

Adolesence | Child Development | Curriculum and Instruction | Leadership and Organization | Parents and family issues | Professional Development | Social and Emotional Learning | Teachers and Teaching

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Recent Publications

Phillippo, K. L., Conner, J., Davidson, S., & Pope, D. (2017). A Systematic Reveiw of Student Self-Report Instruments That Assess Student-Teacher Relationships. Teachers College Record, 119(8).

Pope, D., Brown, M., & Miles, S. (2015). Overloaded and underprepared: Strategies for stronger schools and healthy, successful kids. John Wiley & Sons.

Conner, J. O., & Pope, D. (2014). Student Engagement in High-Performing Schools: Relationships to Mental and Physical Health. Teachers College Record, 116(13).

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