Faculty Research

Our program faculty are not only dedicated mentors, they’re also recognized scholars.

Check out some of their recent research highlights.

Danielle Igra

Danielle Igra’s research areas include the Pedagogy of Teacher Education and the Teaching of English Language Arts. She currently teaches Fundamentals of Teaching, Pedagogy of English, and Reflective Teaching. Before coming to Brandeis, Igra worked at Stanford University, where she also earned a PhD in teacher education, an MA in English, and an MA in teaching. Igra taught high school English for nine years in public schools and has taught in graduate programs in secondary, elementary and early childhood education. As a teacher development and research consultant she has worked in the fields of literacy, large scale assessment, higher education and Jewish education.

Jonathan Krasner

Jonathan Krasner is the author of The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education, which won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. Most recently, he authored Teaching and learning Jewish history in the Journal of Jewish Education, and is a coauthor of the forthcoming Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps. He is also the founder of Keshet, a national organization working for LGBTQ equity and inclusion in Jewish life.

Marya Levenson
A renowned expert on teacher leadership and education policy, Marya Levenson is the author of “Pathways to Teacher Leadership: Emerging Models, Changing Roles” (2014). In addition to serving on the editorial advisory board of the Harvard Education Press, she serves on the advisory board of Brandeis’ Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program and chairs the selection committee for Brandeis’ Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life.
Jon Levisohn

Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Jon Levisohn is an expert in the philosophy of education and of Jewish education, and is currently exploring the desired outcomes of Jewish education.

In addition to having held many prestigious fellowships, he is also author or coauthor of numerous books and articles, including the 2016 report “Leadership in Context: The Conditions for Success of Jewish Day School Leaders,” as well as “American Institutes for Research”  and “The Interpretive Virtues: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Teaching and Learning of Historical Narratives” (forthcoming). In December 2018, an edited volume, “Advancing the Learning Agenda in Jewish Education,” was published by Academic Studies Press. It was co-edited with Jeffrey Kress.

Sharon Feiman Nemser

Founder of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis, Sharon Feiman Nemser is an expert in Jewish education, teacher education and professional development of teachers.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, in 2018 she received a presidential citation from the American Educational Research Association for her groundbreaking scholarship on teacher education and learning to teach. She is the author or co-edited of numerous articles and books, including Teachers as Learners (2013) and Getting the teachers we need: International perspectives on teacher education (2017).

Joseph Reimer

Joseph Reimer is a leading expert on experiential Jewish education. He recently co-edited, with Jonathan Krasner, a special issue of the Journal of Jewish Education (Vol. 84, No. 4) dedicated to research on Jewish camps. It includes his article "Shabbat-at-camp at three Jewish camps: Jewish learning through ritual participation.”

Rachel Kramer Theodorou

Rachel Kramer Theodorou has been a classroom elementary and ESL teacher for more than 20 years in both public and private schools. Alongside her practical work, Rachel consults with Waltham Public Schools, MATSOL, ECDO and the Waltham Family School on matters ranging from instructional practices for teaching English Learners, to promoting ESL teacher leadership in professional development, and in methods for forging productive family relationships between school and home.

Derron Wallace

Derron Wallace is a former community organizer and international education policy analyst who joined the Brandeis faculty as an assistant professor in 2015. His work has appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, the British Journal of Sociology of Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Gender and Education, Disability & Society, among others.

Wallace's research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Trust, the Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He is the recipient of the 2017 Michael L. Walzer Prize for Excellence in Teaching.