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


  • 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 2018

Looking back to understand the present and future

Brooks, J. S., Wilkinson, J. & Heffernan, A., 2 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Educational Administration and History. 50, 4, p. 239-240 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Educational leadership and demographic change: Perspectives on diversity, im/migration and change from cities around the world

Brooks, J. S., Normore, A. H. & Wilkinson, J., 2017, In : International Journal of Educational Management. 31, 5, p. 562-563 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Educational leadership and music: Lessons for tomorrow's school leaders

Watson, T. (ed.), Brooks, J. S. (ed.) & Beachum, F. D. (ed.), 2017, Information Age Publishing.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Everything we know about educational leadership is wrong: rethinking scholarship and practice for a fractured field

Brooks, J. S., 2017, Questioning Leadership: New Directions for Educational Organizations. Lakomski, G., Eacott, S. & Evers, C. W. (eds.). New York NY USA: Routhedge, p. 31-44 14 p.

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