Dana Thompson Dorsey, JD, PhDAssociate Director for Research and Development
Associate Professor of Urban Education



4307 Wesley Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, Pa. 15260


Dana N. Thompson Dorsey, J.D., Ph.D., is CUE's associate director for research and development and an associate professor of Urban Education in the School of Education. Her research and teaching focuses on issues related to education law and policy, the historical, social, and political context of education, and critical race theory. Specifically, her research focuses on critically examining education laws, policies and practices, and their influence on P-20 educational equity, access and opportunity for students of color and marginalized groups, school segregation, affirmative action, and racial and cultural identity development of students in racially/ethnically segregated and oppressed communities in both urban and rural contexts. Her work has been published in Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Policy, and Peabody Journal of Education.

Dr. Thompson Dorsey received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Education from the Administrative and Policy Studies program (with a specialization in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education) from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She is a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Public School system, and practiced law for several years in the Pittsburgh area. Prior to joining the faculty at Pitt, she was an assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Illinois at Springfield. During her doctoral studies and directly thereafter, Dr. Thompson Dorsey worked as a senior research analyst for COSMOS Corporation, and held a post-doctoral research position at the University of Virginia.