Gail Sunderman


  • Accountability
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Urban education

Gail Sunderman is senior research scientist in the College of Education at the University of Maryland and director of the Maryland Equity Project (MEP). Her recent work has focused on how changing demographics impact educational opportunities. Sunderman is coauthor of the recent MEP report on demographic trends in Maryland public school enrollment. She also edited the 2013 book, “Charting Reform, Achieving Equity in a Diverse Nation,” which examines how social and educational policy and practices impact educational inequities. At the Harvard Civil Rights Project (CRP), she was lead researcher on a national study that examined the implementation of No Child Left Behind and how this legislation influenced educational change in states and school districts. She is co-author of the book, “NCLB Meets School Realities: Lessons from the Field” and editor of “Holding NCLB Accountable: Achieving Accountability, Equity, & School Reform.” 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 doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago.