Sarah Woulfin

Associate Professor

Expertise: Policy Implementation, Organizational Theory, Instructional Coaching, Reading Instruction, Qualitative Methods


Associate Professor

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. in Education, University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in Education, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Biochemistry, Brown University

Areas of Expertise:

Education Policy

Organizational Theory

Coaching & Administration

Urban Districts & Schools

Reading Instruction


Sarah Woulfin is an associate professor in Neag’s department of educational leadership who studies the relationship between education policy and equitable instruction. Using lenses from organizational sociology, she investigates how policies and organizational conditions influence the work of teachers, coaches, principals, and district administrators in reform. Dr. Woulfin’s work has been published in AERJ, AJE, EAQ, EEPA, Urban Education, and other outlets. In her doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, she focused on policy implementation and institutional theory.

Dr. Woulfin is a co-editor of Educational Researcher. She is on Reading Research Quarterly’s editorial review board and has been an associate editor for EAQ and ESJ. She is on AERA Division L’s program committee.

As a former urban public school teacher and reading coach, she was dedicated to strengthening students’ literacy skills to promote educational equity. As a scholar, her commitment to raising the quality of instruction motivates her research on how policy influences—and is influenced by—administrators, coaches, and teachers.


Emerging Scholar Award- AERA Educational Change SIG, 2019

Featured Article in Journal of School Leadership’s 25th Anniversary Issue, 2015

Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award- Neag School of Education, 2015

Best Paper Award- AERA Organizational Theory SIG, 2013

Associations, Committees, & Outreach:



Center for Education Policy Analysis

Hartford Public Schools

Bristol Public Schools

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 3093
Office LocationGentry 226