Samantha Viano
Assistant Professor


  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • Race and diversity
  • Education reform
  • Leadership
  • Online learning
  • Safety and violence
  • Teacher recruitment and retention

Samantha Viano is an assistant professor of education at the School of Education, College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her past and future research agenda reflects a dedication to improving the long-term outcomes of traditionally-marginalized students and professional lives of the educators who teach them by conducting rigorous evaluations of current policies and programs. Her terminal degree is a doctorate degree in leadership and policy studies with a focus on K-12 education policy from Vanderbilt University. Viano taught high school math in Chicago in both a traditional high school as well as a charter high school. Her work has been supported by the National Institute of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. She was a 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. She studies school climate and safety including school resource officers and student discipline policy, online credit recovery, teacher mobility and preferences, school improvement and improvement science.