Marc I. Brasof

Associate Professor, School of Education

Taylor 315 1 (267) 620-4113 by appointment

About Me

Dr. Brasof's has taught for almost 20 years.   Dr. Brasof was a founding faculty member and history/social studies teacher at Constitution High School, Pennsylvania's only history- and civic-themed public school.  While earning a doctorate in educational leadership Temple University, he taught curriculum courses as a graduate student and then eventually at Arcadia University's School of Education in the doctoral educational leadership and teacher education programs. 

Dr. Brasof has published scholarship examining secondary school improvement from the perspectives of student voice, distributed and democratic leadership, and civic and history education. Dr. Brasof authored the book Student Voice and School Governance: Distributing Leadership to Youth and Adults (2015) and is currently working on an upcoming co-edited volume on student voice research methods.   Dr. Brasof was awarded Ellington Beavers Fund for Intellectual Inquiry in 2019 and Academic Affairs Innovative Implementation Grant for his work on starting the School of Education's Urban Teacher Pipeline initiative.  

Other Recent Publications 

Brasof, M. (in press). “Meeting the discipline challenge: Capacity-building youth-adult leadership.” Journal of Educational Change.

Brasof, M. (2018). “Teaching in the politically divisive climate.” Social Studies Journal 38(1), p. 30-46.

Brasof, M. & Peterson, K. (2018). “Creating Procedural Justice and Legitimate Authority within School Discipline Systems Through Youth Court.Psychology in the Schools, 55(7), p. 1-18.

Brasof, M. & Mansfield, K. (Eds) (2018). Student voice and school leadership [Special issue]. Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership, March(1).

Brasof, M. (2018). “Using linkage theory to address the student voice organizational improvement paradox.” [Special issue] Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership, p. 44-65.

Lyons, L., Brasof, M. & Baron, C. (submitted). “Measuring mechanisms of student voice: Development and validation of student leadership capacity building scales.” AERA Open.  

Brasof, M. & Spector, A. (2016) “Teach students about civics Through schoolwide governance.Phi Delta Kappan 97 (7) p 63-8.


Boards, Fellowships, and Awards 

Ellington Beavers Fund for Intellectual Inquiry Faculty Award (2019) Student Voice for School Improvement: Theory and Methods 

National Constitution Center's Education Fellow (2010-16)

The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement Education Fellow, (2014-16)

Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies Board of Directors (2010-2020)

Social Studies Journal's Editorial Board

2015 Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Excellence in Research

2012 Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies Outstanding Program of Excellence Award

2012 Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Honorary Dissertation Research Fellowship

2011 Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies Outstanding Social Studies Project Award

2011 New Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution

2010 Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Pennsylvania’s American History Teacher of the Year 

2009 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished High School Educators. 


Areas Of Focus

student voice, distributed leadership, civic education, organizational change

Education History

Temple University 2014

Ed.D, Major in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

University of Pennsylvania 2010

M. Ed, Major in Secondary Social Studies

University of Pittsburgh 2001

B.S.B.A., Major in Business/Marketing


Author 2015

Student Voice and School Governance: Distributing Leadership to Youth and Adults

Book, Routledge

Author 2011

We the School

Book, National Constituiton Center

Research Summary

Dr. Brasof’s teaching and research focuses on organizational leadership and teacher education.   Dr. Brasof's praxis aims to foster more democracy in schools through  an intersection of student voice, project-based learning, and school-community partnerships.