Jeffrey Brooks


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Jeffrey S. Brooks is Professor of Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He is a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar alumnus who has conducted studies in the United States, the Philippines and Thailand. His research focuses broadly on educational leadership, and he examines the way leaders influence (and are influenced by) dynamics such as racism, globalization distributed leadership social justice school reform. He is author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, two full-length books (including the award-winning Black School, White School: Racism and Educational (Mis)leadership) and he has edited or co-edited seven scholarly volumes.

Dr. Brooks is author of two full-length books based on his research: The Dark Side of School Reform: Teaching in the Space between Reality and Utopia (Rowman and Littlefield Education) and Black School, White School: Racism and Educational (Mis)leadership (Teachers College Press). He is also co-editor of the volumes What Every Principal Needs to Know to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools(with George Theoharis), Confronting Racism in Higher Education: Problems and Possibilities for Fighting Ignorance, Bigotry and Isolation and Anti-Racist School Leadership: Toward Equity in Education for America's Students (both with Noelle Witherspoon Arnold). Dr. Brooks has written articles in leading educational research journals, including Teachers College Record, Educational Administration Quarterly,Educational Policy, Journal of Educational Administration, Science Education, Journal of Research on Leadership in Education, and the Journal of Values and Ethics in Educational Administration. He has also contributed many chapters to scholarly edited volumes and written several entries for reference works. Dr. Brooks is Series Editor for the Educational Leadership for Social Justice book series. He has served in several leadership positions in universities and educational research organizations, including AERA Division A (Administration, Organizations and Leadership) and the AERA Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group.

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Research interests

Educational leadership practice and preparation

Education and racism

Education and globalisation

Distributed and teacher leadership

Cultural and social dynamics in schools

Leadership for social justice

School reform

Educational leadership issues in primary and secondary schools

Qualitative and mixed-method research methodologies

Research area keywords

  • Educational Administration and Policy
  • Educational Reform
  • Globalization
  • Leadership
  • Organisational change and leadership
  • Philippines
  • Racism and ethnicity in schools
  • Social justice and education
  • Sociology of education, work, policy, state and governance
  • United States
  • Urban Education

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2008 2019

Educational leadership in Australia: commonalities and contestation

Wilkinson, J. & Brooks, J. S., 2019, Asia Pacific Education: Leadership, Governance and Administration. Fernandes, V. & Chan, P. W. K. (eds.). 1st ed. Charlotte NC USA: Information Age Publishing, p. 31-43 13 p. (Leadership, Schools, and Change).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Journal of educational administration and history, editorial volume 51, issue 3

Wilkinson, J., Brooks, J. S. & Heffernan, A., 3 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Educational Administration and History. 51, 3, p. 197-198 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Migrant qualification recognition as control: governmentality, education and the movement of people between borders

Hurley, P., Brooks, J. S. & Wilkinson, J., 2019, Education, Immigration and Migration: Policy, Leadership and Praxis for a Changing World. Arar, K., Brooks, J. S. & Bogotch, I. (eds.). 1st ed. Bingley UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, p. 95-108 14 p. (Studies in Educational Administration).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Wilkinson, J. & Brooks, J. S., 3 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Educational Administration and History. 50, 3, p. 131-132 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access