Katherine Cumings Mansfield

Professor/Mike Moses Endowed Chair​

Teacher Education and Administration

Ph.D., 2011, The University of Texas at Austin
Matthews Hall 204-C

Professor Mansfield, an award-winning teacher and researcher, currently serves as The Mike Moses Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership. A first-generation college graduate, Mansfield has over 30 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator across the preschool to post-secondary pipeline. Mansfield completed her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning at The University of Texas at Austin where she also earned additional graduate credentials in Women’s and Gender Studies. Mansfield’s research spans across primary, secondary, and tertiary education sectors (P-16) and centers on the intersection of social identities, politics, policy, and practice. For example, she has studied the disproportionality in school discipline, gifted education, and STEM as it relates to gender, race/ethnicity, class, and other identity complexities in schools. Mansfield has also studied the importance of mentoring women graduate students, especially those studying in historically male-dominated fields such as educational leadership and STEM. Mansfield is passionate about student voice and the importance of including students as educational leaders and policy actors in local, state, national, and global arenas. This work has been featured on National Public Radio and has taken her to 10 countries across 6 continents.