Diana Slaughter Kotzin
Professor Emerita


  • Child development
  • Parent involvement
  • Urban education

Diana Slaughter Kotzin has been Constance E. Clayton professor emerita of the University of Pennsylvania since July 2011. Her research interests included culture, primary education, and home-school relations facilitating in-school academic achievement. Before joining Penn in 1998, Slaughter taught for 20 years at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and was on the faculties of the department of psychiatry at Howard University, the Child Study Center at Yale University, and the Committee on Human Development and department of education at the University of Chicago. Since retirement, she has edited “Black Educational Choice: Assessing the Private and Public Alternatives to K-12 Public Schools” with colleagues; “Messages for Educational Leadership: The Constance E. Clayton Lectures, 1998-2007”; and “Racial Stereotypes and Child Development.” She is presently writing a memoir about her career that spanned more than 40 years in academia and higher education. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate from the Committee on Human Development, University of Chicago. In 2012 she was elected to the USA National Academy of Education.