Lauren Anderson

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Mailbox: 5224
Office: 113 Bolles House
Phone: (860) 439-2383
Fax: (860) 439-5457

Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education

Assistant Professor of Education

B.A., Yale University
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

• Teacher education • Education policy • Urban schooling, past and present • Critical literacy • Qualitative research methods

Lauren Anderson's research interests are situated at the intersections of education policy, teacher education, and K-12 school and classroom practice. In her work, she explores how teachers and school leaders make sense of and mediate federal, state and local policy in the context of their daily work. Lauren teaches courses focused on educational foundations, urban schooling, literacy pedagogy and elementary teaching.

She explores how teacher candidates’ experiences in pre-service preparation inform their in-service (post-graduate) teaching practices, and what their students learn as a result; and how equity-minded educators build, maintain, utilize, and maximize resource-rich networks to enhance learning, engender school change, and advance educational justice.

Lauren Anderson joined Connecticut College in 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served as an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Lauren’s recent publications have appeared in the "Review of Educational Research," "Teachers College Record," and the "Journal of Teacher Education."

Lauren holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Recent Publications (Selected)

Anderson, L. & Stillman, J. (2013). "Student teaching’s contribution to preservice teacher development: A review of research focused on the preparation of teachers for urban and high-needs contexts." Review of Educational Research, 83(1), 3-69.

Oakes, J., Lipton, M., Anderson, L., & Stillman, J. (2012). "Teaching to change the world" (4th Ed.). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
* Resources (open access) available at:

Anderson, L. & Stillman, J. (2012). "Making learning the object: Using Cultural Historical Activity Theory to analyze and organize student teaching in urban high-needs schools." Teachers College Record115(3).
* Video available at:

Anderson, L. & Stillman, J. (2011). "Student teaching for a Specialized View of Professional Practice? Opportunities to learn in and for urban, high-needs schools." Journal of Teacher Education, 62(5), 446-464.

Anderson, L. (2010). "Embedded and emboldened: Support-seeking and teacher agency in urban, high-needs schools." Harvard Educational Review, 80(4), 541-572.

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