Amanda Datnow
Professor of Education Studies


  • School reform
  • Urban education

Amanda Datnow is professor of education studies and acting associate dean in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. She was chair of the Department of Education Studies at UCSD from 2008 to 2013. Her research focuses on educational reform, particularly with regard to issues of equity. She has conducted prior studies on data-driven decision making, comprehensive school reform, and on the intersection of gender and educational reform. She was recently co-principal investigator of the Pathways to Postsecondary Success study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is now conducting a new research project which focuses on teachers’ use of data for differentiated instruction, funded by the Spencer Foundation. Datnow completed her doctorate at UCLA and held former appointments at the University of Southern California, University of Toronto, and Johns Hopkins University. She is author or editor of seven books and over 60 articles and book chapters. She recently published a book with Vicki Park, “Data-Driven Leadership.” Datnow serves on boards of several organizations.