Elizabeth Murakami


Elizabeth Murakami

Mike Moses Chair in Educational Administration

Matthews Hall 218-H
Mike Moses Chair in Educational Administration

Dr. Elizabeth Murakami is a distinguished national educator and research fellow, having received national and international recognition for her research contributions. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in educational administration at Michigan State University. Dr. Murakami has been dedicated to the improvement of Texas schools for more than a decade and has numerous published works that include academic journals, book chapters, creative works and edited books.



Research and Specialties

Recent Publications


  • Murakami, E., Gurr, D., & Notman, R. (2019). Educational leadership, culture, and success in high-need schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Murakami, E., & Mackey, H. (2018). Beyond marginality: Understanding the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender and difference in educational leadership research. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Hernandez, F., Murakami, E. (2016). Brown-eyed leaders of the sun: A portrait of Latina/o educational leaders. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Book Chapters:

  • Murakami, E., & Kearney, W.K. (2019). Principals in high-performing, high-poverty, minority-serving schools in Texas. In E. Murakami, D. Gurr, & R. Notman Educational leadership, culture, and success in high-need schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Torres-Arcadia, C. C., & Murakami, E., & Moral, C. (2019). Leadership for social justice: Intercultural studies in Mexico, United States of America and Spain. In P S. Angelle & Torrance, D. (Eds.) Cultures of Social Justice Leadership: An Intercultural Context of Schools (pp. 19-34). London: Palgrave McMillan.
  • Torres-Arcadia, C. C., & Murakami, E. (2018). Un marco conceptual para el estudio de líderes escolares Latinos en México y Estados Unidos. In M. A. D. Delgado & A. V. Rodriguez (Eds.) Modelos de liderazgo educativo: Una revisión internacional. Mexico: UNAM-Interleader.
  • Murakami, E., & Torres Arcadia, C.C. (2018). A cross-national framework for the study of Latina/o school leaders in Mexico and Texas-United States. In E. Murakami & H.J. Mackey, (Eds.), Beyond marginality: Understanding the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender and difference in educational leadership research (pp. 147-166). Charlotte, NC: IAP.
  • Murakami E., Jean-Marie G., Santamaría L.J., Lopez A.E. (2017). Educational leadership among women of colour in United States, Canada, New Zealand. In: Miller P. (ed.) Cultures of educational leadership: Intercultural studies in education (pp. 53-75). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Academic Journal Articles:

  • Heiman, D., & Murakami, E. (2019). “It was like a magnet to bring people in”: School administrators’ responses to the gentrification of a two-way Bilingual Education (TWBE) program in central Texas. Journal of School Leadership, 29(6), 454-472. 
  • Murakami, E., & Smith, A. M. (2018). Developing a community of academic success through a teacher preparation initiative. Diversity, Social Justice, and the Educational Leader 2(4), 1.18. (U.S. https://scholarworks.uttyler.edu/dsjel/).
  • Kearney, W., Murakami, E., Bunch, K., *Viamontes, C., & *Campbell, A. (2018). Leadership advocacy towards teacher and student success: Addressing inequities and opportunities in a rural district. Rural Society 27(2), 143-156. doi: Available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/10371656.2018.1477512 (UK, Taylor & Francis, Impact factor, 0.47).
  • Murakami, E., Kearney, W.S., Scott, L., & *Alfaro, P. (2018). Leadership for the improvement of a high poverty/high minority school. International Studies in Educational Administration 46(1), 3-22. (UK, acc. rate: 34%).
  • Murakami, E., Hernandez, F., Valle, F., & Almager, I. (2018). Latina/o school administrators and the intersectionality of professional identity and race. SAGE Open8(2). Available online at https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244018776045. (US, Impact Factor: 0.57).
  • Corona, C. N., Márquez Martínez, M. E., & Murakami, E. (2018). Adaptación de la gestión escolar y la enseñanza para contrarrestar el contexto desfavorable: el caso de Sonora. Revista de Investigación Educativa de la Escuela de Graduados en Educación (RIEEGE), Special topic: Gestión y Liderazgo Educativo8(16), 17-29. Available online at http://rieege.tecvirtual.mx/index.php/rieege (indexed at Clarivate Analytics 2018).
  • Murakami, E. & Tornsen, M. (2017). Female secondary principals: Equity in the development of professional identities. Journal of Educational Management, Administration and Leadership (EMAL) 45(5), 806-824. doi.org/10.1177/1741143217717273.  (UK, Impact Factor: 0.982, 134/236).