Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin
Dean and Professor


  • Leadership
  • P-12 reform and policy
  • Politics
  • Poverty
  • Race and diversity
  • School reform

Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin is dean and professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Previously, she worked in College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. Her writing explores how poverty and other forms of discrimination relate to educational inequity. Gerstl-Pepin served as a Fulbright scholar in 2010 at Beijing Normal University in China. Based on her work in China, she co-edited a book entitled “Survival of the Fittest: The Shifting Contours of Higher Education in China and the U.S.” She is the co-author of the book “Reframing Educational Politics for Social Justice” and co-editor of “Social Justice Leadership for a Global World.” Her most recent book, “Reimagining the Public Intellectual in Education: Making Scholarship Matter,” explores the need for educational researchers to inform media debates on education policy. Her areas of expertise include school reform, leadership, access and equity, media representations of education, and educational policy and politics.