Gail L. Sunderman

University of Maryland

Gail L. Sunderman, Ph.D., is Director of the Maryland Equity Project, a research and policy center focused on issues of educational opportunity in Maryland. Her research interests include educational policy and politics, school reform, and the impact of policy on the educational opportunities for at-risk students. Prior to joining University of Maryland as a senior research scientist, she directed the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center at The George Washington University where she spearheaded the development of the Equity Planning Tool, a research-based instrument designed to assist districts to assess for equity. At the Harvard Civil Rights Project (CRP), she was lead researcher on a five-year study examining the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and how this legislation influenced educational change in states and local school districts. In addition to her scholarly work, Sunderman has served as expert consultant on educational disparities for the U.S. Department of Justice and other organizations. She is a former Fulbright scholar to Afghanistan and received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.