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Leah Q. Peoples

Assistant Director of Research-to-Practice Partnerships & Community Research


Dr. Leah Q. Peoples is the Assistant Director of Research-to-Practice and Community Iniatitives and the Research Director for the Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC). Dr. Peoples utilizes transformative and critical approaches to inform her work on Metro’s evaluation and research projects. Her research interests encompass three broad areas: building equity in schools, developing equitable measures for research and evaluation, and program evaluation. Dr. Peoples uses a diverse repertoire of quantitative and qualitative skills that best addresses research and evaluation questions in ways that honor, respect, and dignify stakeholders, while creating meaningful and useful knowledge with rigorous and creative methods. Outside of her professional positions, Dr. Peoples enjoys all things related to travel and adventure, spending time with her dog, and living in the moment.


Dr. Peoples earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation (MIE) Topical Interest Group for the American Evaluation Association.