Patricia Burch
Associate Professor of Education


  • Business of education
  • District reform
  • Federal funding
  • Private schools

Patricia Burch is an associate professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Burch studies the patterns and drivers of school commercialism and the implications for the form and delivery of public education, with specific attention to equity and quality. Her book, “Hidden Markets: The New Education Privatization,” which was published by Routledge in 2009, examines the intersection of high stakes accountability policies and for-profit influence on instruction. Burch’s forthcoming book, “Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education,” co-authored with Annalee Good, examines both the promise and risk in the surge of contracting for education technology. In this and other work, Burch argues that only when we subject the education industry and its activities to systematic and in-depth examination can we build corporate accountability in public education. Burch works with policymakers, vendors and practitioners across the U.S. to design policy and build capacity for better schools. She teaches graduate level courses in policy research and implementation.